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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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Summer Robins

This morning on my walk to the Wild Birds Unlimited store I was amazed by the number of American Robins calling at the top of trees. At the end of summer robins wander around in flocks between fruit trees and roost trees in a neighborhood. Their diet switches from mainly bugs to more fruits, nuts, and berries.

When a brood of baby robins fledge, they are taught by both parents for a few days on how to forage for food. Eventually daddy robin leads the juveniles to a well-sheltered stand of trees or shrubs to hang out with other juveniles before he returns alone to start another brood. Young robins learn that being in groups, or flocks, is normal. Robins are territorial on their summer breeding territories, but not at their roosts. Advantages to being in flocks are that more eyes can search for food sources, and be watchful for predators.

To help robins in autumn, you can make your backyard bird-friendly. Leave some dead leaves under trees and shrubs for birds to forage for insects as weather gets cold. Provide cover by not cutting back dead vegetation like dried flowers, and vines. Plant more berry bushes or fruit trees as food sources for robins migrating through, or overwintering in the area.

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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