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Robins in Western MA...is this normal?

Posted by amysrq 5 (My Page) on
Sun, Jan 4, 09 at 19:37

Today, we were out for a walk and saw a flock of robins feeding in the scrub, maybe on berries growing in the trees, not sure. I used to see this when I lived in Florida, during the late winter. A huge swarm would arrive in my neighbor's holly tree, they'd make quite a ruckus and pick the thing clean. I have never seen them grouped like this, up in the trees and in great numbers, up north...usually just small groups hopping around, ground feeding in the Spring.

Does anyone know why they're here? Are they late leaving or early returning? Or just really confused? (I am!)


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RE: Robins in Western MA...is this normal?

Okay, I think I just answered my own question! I went to the Birdwatching Forum and sure enough, there was a questions about robins. I should search before I post...

Here is a link that might be useful: The answer is...


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RE: Robins in Western MA...is this normal?

  • Posted by claire z6b Coastal MA (My Page) on
    Sun, Jan 4, 09 at 20:31

Here in SE MA, I also have winter robins. At first there were only a couple checking out the big old winterberry. After a few weeks a flock of about 15 showed up and pretty much stripped the tree of berries, leaving just a few fruits.

On New Years Day a small flock appeared to scavenge leftover berries.
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A couple of years ago I posted the same question when some robins arrived in winter.

I'll probably continue to see them sporadically until there are no more berries, or until the spring worms arrive.

Claire


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