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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Friday, March 3, 2017

Photo Share: American Robin battling winter winds

Mother Nature gave us a taste of spring and then Old Man Winter said not so fast. American Robins are dispersing from their winter flocks and choosing their nesting territories. But winter still has a slight grip on mid-Michigan and the ground is just now beginning to thaw. Several customers at the Wild Birds Unlimited East Lansing store are worried about the robins in this cold weather and what they will eat if there are no worms. Food is more important than shelter. Food fuels the robin's metabolism, giving it the fat and energy to stay warm and survive.

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 a robin has chosen your yard to spend the spring and you want to supplement his diet you can put out a tray of apple slices, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or cherries. They will also eat suet, suet nuggets, mealworms, and 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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