A flock of robins stayed with us last winter and ate all the berries growing in our area. How can we attract them to feeders?
Robins aren’t typical feeder guests, but there are some things you can try. It’s best to place an open tray feeder near one of the berry-producing trees frequented by the robins and stock it with raisins, grapes, apple slices or other fruit. You can also offer mealworms or suet. But it’s normal for flocks of robins to be nomadic in winter, wandering long distances and stopping when they find a natural food source. Once they’ve depleted the local berry supply, most likely they’ll be off in search of the next berry crop instead of sticking around at feeders.
Kenn and Kimberly:
Despite being known as the harbingers of spring, robins are present year-round in most of the U.S. Because they go where the natural food sources are, you might not even know they’re around in winter.