I guess I must chime in. We have had a smattering of Robins for the
past three weeks. No more than 10-15 until today. Not as many as
Bridget, but for this small yard in Milton it was quite a few. I
counted 36+ Robins, since I could only be sure of the number I was
counting before they flew. But, we had more in the trees flying back
and forth from our Crab Apples and Hawthorne. Normally, in past years
the Crab Apples aren't affected until the end of February or March, and
then it is primarily Waxwings and a few (4-8) Robins that strip the
berries. This year not a single waxing has been noticed, just Robins.
Unfortunately, by Backyard Bird Count the Robins will be gone, since
they have almost stripped the Crab Apple trees of berries!
On 1/31/12 8:17 AM, Bridget Butler wrote:
> Greetings All!
> Just got back from my morning walk with my dog and *counted over 200
> American Robins streaming out of the St. Albans Cemetery*. Just like
> Teague's interested in roosting crows, my interest has been piqued this
> winter by large flocks of robins. A week and a half ago I was overwhelmed
> trying to count a large flock of robins at the end of the day in a set of
> fields in Georgia by Lake Champlain - I got to 550 and couldn't keep up as
> they were continuously streaming in from the east.
> So, my request....let's be diligent about reporting robin sightings this
> winter and get them on eBird or if you're participating the in upcoming
> Great Backyard Bird Count put your robin-goggles on for the weekend. It
> would be fabulous to look at this winter's data on this common backyard
> bird to see what it was up to this winter.
> Bridget Butler
> St. Albans