[CT Birds] Robin Feeding, Hermit Thrush

teustis at killingworthlibrary.org teustis at killingworthlibrary.org
Sat Mar 8 16:07:16 EST 2014

I've also been following the advice of soaked raisins, chopped apples, and dried mealworms for hungry robins. We have a crabapple tree in our yard, with a scattering of leftover fruit on it. A single robin has taken up residence and guards it every day, selectively eating the gone-by berries. I started putting the extra treats out on the ground about 3 days ago, and it's gotten to the point that the robin is sitting on the ground waiting for me every morning since! Even today, it "followed" me around the yard, fearlessly drinking from one of our bird-water saucers about 5 feet from where I was sitting. Grass is starting to appear in patches around the yard, so hopefully robin will have more options soon.
~ Tammy Eustis, Chester

-----Original Message-----
From: Patricia Bailey [mailto:bails at att.net]
Sent: Saturday, March 8, 2014 09:30 AM
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Subject: [CT Birds] Robin Feeding, Hermit Thrush

I too, wondered how to put food out for robins because they are so skittish.I put the mealworms and soaked raisins where I saw them hanging out. I used to have about 30 robins, now I'm down to 3. I got one Hermit Thrush and two robins to come to the food.But then the Blue Jays, Juncos and squirrels came to it also. I can't afford to feed the gobbling Blue Jay hogs.So, it isn't easy and I feel so bad for the robins. Hopefully they get a few mouthfuls to keep them going til the ground get exposed and thawed out.Pat BaileySherman, CT_______________________________________________This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut.For subscription information visit http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org

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