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Friday, December 30, 2016

Increase of American Robins

As many of you have noticed, the North American population of robins overwintering in Michigan is increasing each year. When robins are in their winter flocks they concentrate on berry bushes and fruit and nut trees. I always see them eating from my crab apple, Mountain Ash, and flowering pear trees, as well as under my feeders looking for peanuts and pecans.

If you want to supplement his diet you can put out a tray of apple slices, suet, suet nuggets, mealworms, or nuts.

And don’t forget the water. Birds need to drink and bathe too, even in cold weather. Dirty feathers lose much of their insulating properties, so a clean bird is a warm bird. A heated birdbath on cold days or a fresh bowl of water on warmer days is a big help.

Related Articles:
- Why Robins are Attracted to Water http://bit.ly/qP9aTs
- Bird of the Week: American Robin http://bit.ly/pnUKqk
- Fun Facts About The American Robin http://bit.ly/n9CSni
- Why robins are called Robin Redbreast and not orange breast http://goo.gl/OB4iT

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