This happens a few times a year I have noticed. They poop all seeds and berries of different colors at different seasons. Why do they drink so much water can some one explain please?
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They are so disciplined. They do not fight but wait for their turn to drink water. Twenty robins or so will be drinking and another twenty birds will be waiting to take their turns. Thank you and have a good week you all. I will check with Elizabeth and see if I can find out more.
Thank you for sharing a cool observation! Lisa, I sure do appreciate your taking time to reply.
Am happy to learn a little bit more about robins. Take care. Stay healthy and warm. Have a good weeknd. Hi ambika, I shared your question with Elizabeth Howard and she says they have heard of them eating fermented fruit and becoming drunk. Thank you again for the question and have a great week! I was writing from Corvallis, Oregon. Thank you for the question! I think they were all males. I love Robins, always have and they were always my harbingers of spring. In the last five years or so, here in Jamaica Estates, Queens, New York, the Robins have not left they are here year round and I love watching them nest.
We had a bad winter in Iowa this year and I never seen any around. In winter we usually have flocks of robins in our neighborhood in Palo Alto, California, gorging themselves on our toyon berries. The last couple of winters I have seen only on or two. The berries remain on the bushes, uneaten. Is this part of biological change as a result of climate change?
Hi Carol, Thank you for the question!
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For instance, it could be that the robins found a more bountiful source of food elsewhere. Thank you Nice review But I believe one has to recall the North American robin has the same physical size and feeding habits as The European thrush And is quite different from the delicate redbreasted bird that the English call a robin Brian T. Hi Brian, Thank you! Yes, this post is about American robins. Thank you for that article, Lisa!
We had been wondering the same things for some years, here in Central Missouri. If they eat Japanese Honeysuckle berries, they are well provided for, because it has definitely taken over our woodlands and yard boundaries. I saw a Robin yesterday fly away, from a tree, here in Woodstock, IL. I have never seen one this early in the year before!
I was so excited, as usual, when I see any wildlife. It was almost creepy without them. I have a question about robins. I live in New York City but across the street from a park and trees. In the spring and summer, and part of the fall, there is beautiful bird song almost all night—it seems to come from a single bird, but the song varies a little from year to year. It is a very sweet and somewhat elaborate trill.
Sometimes we can hear another similar bird song from further away. I listened to the Audubon Society bird songs several years ago and thought it was a robin.
I also read that robins [and other city birds] often sing at night because it is so noisy during the day. If not, what else could it be? We did have a pair of robins nesting in a tree around the corner—in the other direction from our virtuoso. I would very much appreciate your thoughts on this.
Hi Dr. Schechter, That is a cool observation!
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We see the adults constantly flying back and forth feeding the babies. Thank you Lisa. That was so informative and fun.
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In Seattle here in the last two months I have seen several flocks of robins invading the berry trees big time. I wondered each time what was going on with so many of them being here in January. I have seen large flocks of robins in the winter before. I live in York, ME and have wetlands behind my house, and am fortunate enough to be able to observe all kinds of birds. I remember one time in February I was out in the woods and saw a flock of at least 50 robins eating berries.
I have found that the Red-Shouldered Blackbirds who seem to be quite territorial and aggressive; they really like the cat tails out in the swamp are a far more reliable sign, along with the Goldfinches. I often see robins year round. On a somewhat related note, while I can identify most of the birds I see, I once saw a bird that I have not been able to figure out for quite some time. It was a large bird, about the size of a chicken at least, and it was clinging to the side of a maple tree, kind of like how a woodpecker or Chickadee grips the side of a tree.
I only saw it that one time and from behind the bird.
I went to grab my camera but it was gone when I got back. Any idea what it could have been?
Some sort of owl perhaps? Or perhaps a falconer lost track of their bird…? Hi Jacquie, Since you mention chickens, I wonder if it could have been a grouse? I live in Sequim, WA and we have robins all year. Robins were the second highest bird reported on our Christmas Bird Count which is in early December…. She has a 30 ft holly tree that was covered in red hollyberries and the robins were feeding in the tree and on the frozen, snow-covered ground. We see them occasionally now but not in those numbers. The parents often drop the babies off in my yard and keep an eye on them for a few days.
They also stayed fluffed up all the time. Thank you for any insight you can offer. Sincerely, Jennifer. I think it would be interesting to report to the Journey North Robin project if you remember the date of the observation. Thank you! I lived in Wisconsin and Minnesota for many years and found what feeds the robins through the winter are the noxious common buckthorns, rhamnus cathartica an exotic non-native very invasive small tree from Europe.
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They have a survival plan- they leaf out early and lose leaves late so have a competitive edge over any poor native oak trying to germinate. They have those berries that have a purple -blue flesh over a round seed. The birds thrive on them, give the seeds an acid bath and seeds go everywhere and also drop right under the tree, making for a very dense stand of shade.