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Monday, July 17, 2017

Keep crows away from baby robins

Aim trying to protect a baby Robin from Magpies and Crows. I did get a few worms in to him no problem. Is there anything else I can leave nearby?

You can feed robins mealworms, or chopped nuts, apples, grapes, and suet. In the wild they eat worms, insects, pecans, walnuts, acorns, apples, cherries, and dogwood fruit from trees and the berries bayberries, blackberries, blueberries, greenbrier, honeysuckle, juneberries, juniper, madrone, mountain ash, mulberry, pokeberry, pyracantha, raspberry, sassafras, serviceberry, spiceberry, sumac, viburnum, and woodbine.

Nestlings of all kinds can be vulnerable to attacks from predators, such as crows, grackles, and many other species of birds, mammals, and reptiles. There is not much you can do except stand watch and shoo the predators away.

Many robins and doves become prey, but statistics show that they are still some of the most common birds found all across the United States. Because they are so common, an attack on our little Robby is like an attack on a close friend. They announce spring has arrived with their beautiful songs and then nest near our homes. It is hard not to feel protective of their fledglings.

But the crows aren’t just being mean, even though you might see them pecking a baby to death in front of your eyes. They are hunting for food, probably for their own young. They are remarkably adaptable birds that will feed on a wide variety of foods, including seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, bugs, worms and many kinds of animals such as birds, mice and roadkill.

In the big picture they are not doing anything wrong, even though it may make you heartsick. They feed on prey that is plentiful. Both birds eat suet. Maybe you could get a tray feeder and put a suet block out to distract the crows until your fledgling can fly away.

Related Articles:
Crows: Are they Feathered Apes? http://bit.ly/LvWgge
How Do I Deter Crows at the Feeder? http://bit.ly/LWbhMB
Why are “black” birds considered bad by most people? http://bit.ly/LWbxeD
Why are the Robins Attracted to Water? http://bit.ly/qP9aTs
Fledgling Robins Find Their Way http://bit.ly/pqrhSL
Why robins are called Robin http://why-robins-are-called-robin.html

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