Monday, January 6, 2014

Robins in January


Where do American Robins go when it is -12 deg, F. (-24 deg, C) with 10" of fresh snow covering the landscape?  Obviously, my back yard.  This morning broke cold and clear after yesterdays snow storm and a small group of robins were feeding on the few remaining berries on the cranberry viburnums in the woods behind my house.  Viburnum berries are an important food source for many overwintering birds including Brown Thrashers and Cedar Waxwings as well as our Robins.  The berries are never the food of preference for the birds which explains why these red cranberry look-a-likes may go the entire winter without being eaten.