Redder. Reddest?

The omnipresent American Robin actually sticks around during winter but changes its behavior rather radically. They become more social and range further about in nomadic, non-territorial flocks in search of fruit. This marks quite a difference from their worm and insect diet of summer, when they’re also very territorial over breeding grounds (like your yard).

2 Responses to “Red”

  1. 1 Linda Musial January 21, 2019 at 11:12 am

    In Central Park in Strawberry Fields I have seen a group of robbins eating the fruit of what looks to be a holly tree, and in a part more northern I have seen robbins feasting from a tree loaded with small orange fruit, not persimmons. I am happy to compare your wonderful notes with my very unprofessional observations in Central Park. In fact I very very often use your notes for my explorations there. I see many holly trees full of their berries. Are they poisonous to all birds except robbins?

    • 2 mthew January 21, 2019 at 12:36 pm

      Birds are pretty remarkable on the berry front. Holly berries should be no problem for them. Bluebirds and other thrushes; Catbirds, Mockingbirds, & Brown Thrashers; as well as woodpeckers are said to particularly like them.

      Remarkably, even poison ivy berries are bird food.

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