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Old 01-24-2014, 08:35 PM   #31
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Luckily as soon as I opened the door up again she flew out right away. I was glad I didn't have to catch her to get her back out again.
Lucky you! (...and lucky for the goldfinch.)
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Old 01-25-2014, 02:01 PM   #32
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That's odd,your cat didn't take notice of the bird flying around.
Yesterday, I saw 3 ROBINS!
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TODAY there were 19!!! I counted them as they flew away from my locust tree.
I suspect they were-are hanging out there because there's open water running into the bay from the street.
I'm going to see if I can talk one of the the grocery stores into giving me their expired baskets of berries or they'll die. Wish me luck....
How did your robin feeding challenge go? Were you able to get some berries? Did the robins come around to eat them?
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:45 AM   #33
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I called every grocery store I knew of in the area and they all give their excess fruits and berries to either the Salvation army or St. Vincent De Paul. We ended up purchasing a whole grocery gag full of berries and fruits, chopped them into bits and pieces, added a nice serving of cranberry sauce and hulled sunflowers and ran a flat of the prepared goods out back.

We haven't seen any of the robins land anywhere near it or land on the ground period! They have been in constant flight between the locust ,the tamarack and the evergreens. All having some sort of fruit or cones on them. They are keeping hydrated but I'm NOT seeing any of the robins trying to pull, remove or eat anything from the trees... .....Nor our offerings
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I just ran out in snow drifts up past my knees in minus 2 degree temps and that's WITHOUT the wind chill factor figured in to scatter some of the berries and sunflowers across the snow beneath the trees they are frequenting in hopes they'll notice it in a more natural state. I also scattered some by the flowing creek as that is the ONLY place I'm seeing tracks ON the ground. Not many, but some. They must be landing on the overhanging twigs to drink..

I came in with fingertips just throbbing in pain. WOW How fast we humans freeze up and those poor things LIVE in it!
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Our birds have been drinking the melting snow and ice on the roof. It's warm enough today to put out a dish of water for them as we don't have much snow left. I've been wanting a solar heated bird bath for awhile now.
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Old 01-26-2014, 11:03 AM   #36
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So far......The robins have NOT gone down to eat anything new I've tossed within viewing sight.
I"ll go back out later on to check what I've tossed near the creak-bed.
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As of this morning....There are now 32 robins and counting flitting back and forth between the trees!!!
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I just may have to go out and purchase some night crawlers if they are available this time of the year in hopes...
Movement might stimulate them into checking out the feed.
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Do you think it safe to try raisins?
I'm wondering the consequence should they gorge upon them.
Would the moisture puff them up inside to the point of killing them?
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Robins switch diets in fall. They turn from earthworms to berries and other fruits. Because some forms of fruit (such as mountain ash berries and crab apples) remain available all winter long even in the north, a few robins can stay in an area with food enough to support them all winter. These robins are most often found in areas where there is a bit of open water from a nearby spring, stream, river, or large lake, and where there are fruit trees. The water and fruit get them through the season.
Whoops, What I was calling a locust tree is actually a mountain ash. One of their food sources!
I'll have to take a look through the binoculars. Maybe I'm just not seeing them feed with the naked eye.

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Males are far more likely to remain in the north than females. There are good reasons.
Come spring, the male’s main job is to find and defend a territory.
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Yes, I was just thinking along the same lines. They have already survived this long period of frigid cold so they are finding something to eat. From the Cornell Lab website:
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Robins also eat an enormous variety of fruits, including chokecherries, hawthorn, dogwood, and sumac fruits, and juniper berries. One study suggested that robins may try to round out their diet by selectively eating fruits that have bugs in them.
American Robin, Life History, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

So just use those binoculars, and save your fingers and toes.
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