About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Flock of robins in my yard

Robin outside the store collecting some apples off the ground.
What should I do? I think the robins came back too soon. There is still snow on the ground and no worms. Will they starve?

Don't worry we have American Robins year-round at the Wild Birds Unlimited store in East Lansing, MI. The store is surrounded by different kinds of crabapple trees. The robins seem to know when the apples on each tree reach that yummy squishy stage. Then bye, bye apples. That tree is stripped of fruit in a couple days.

Some America Robins migrate but if you look at the range map you’ll see that there are winter populations of robins in most states year round. Robins are surprisingly hardy birds, capable of surviving temperatures well below zero. But that doesn’t mean sightings are common.

After nesting season has ended, they usually form large nomadic groups that roost at night in the woods. Their diet changes from mostly worms and insects to fruit, nuts and berries.

You can feed robins chopped apples, suet, mealworms, or nuts on a tray feeder. I like to put out a Wild Birds Unlimited Cranberry Fare seed block that is full of pecans and fruit when the robins visit.
They also appreciate open water in the winter. If you have a pond or heated birdbath they may show up for afternoon drinks.
Read more at: What in the world are the Robins still doing here? http://lansingwbu.blogspot.com/2010/01/what-in-world-are-robins-still-doing.html

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