I’ve written a lot about American Robins this winter — and do so again in this week’s For the Birds column — but the demand for such information is great as everyone seems to be seeing tons of robins this winter.
Here’s an excerpt from the column: “True, they are known as a harbinger of spring, but American Robins are with us all year here in New England. Some robins migrate south to warmer places, but many robins stick with us throughout winter, too, surviving on berries, crab apples and other natural foods they can find in the woods and our backyards. Robins are usually found in flocks, some rather impressive, during the winter.”
It was really comments and questions from readers that prompted the column. Here are some comments I have received from readers.
Jack from Norwalk, Conn., wrote: “Saw around 10:30 this AM small flock of Robins just 30 yds West from junction of Stuart and Benedict on North side. Went out to ensure i was correct- sure enough were Robins. I had espied the red through the trees from my back porch. Went field glasses in hand to verify.”
Jay from Spofford, N.H., wrote: “This past weekend I watched as a huge flock of robins knocked the apples out of an old apple tree near Spofford lake and ate the seeds from the apples on the ground. There had to be at least 50 robins there for three days. Tracks in the snow showed that the deer came in at night and ate the fruit that the birds left behind.”
Pat wrote: “In response to your recent article about the American Robins eating holly berries I want you to know that I had the pleasure of seeing a flock or robins and a flock of cedar wax wings all arrive at the same time to consume the berries from our one and only laden holly bush. I was wishing I had a forest of holly bushes in our garden.”
Rich from Marlborough, N.H., wrote: “Also, on my way to pick up daily papers on Sunday & again today I saw a flock of some 20 something robins just east of the Marlborough town hall in the area of Whistler’s Cottage shop.”
Val from Norwalk, Conn., wrote: “I’ve noticed a flock of cold and fluffed up Robins in the vicinity, and expect they are the hungry ones stripping my bushes of fruit (and, of course that’s what the bushes are there for!).”
See what I mean about the robins? Enjoy it while it lasts.
By the way, did you know that the American Robin is the state bird of Connecticut, Wisconsin and Michigan?