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May 24, 2009


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Annette Lange

I have a robin, I live in Upstate NY and thought that robin's fly south. He is eating the berries in my bush. Can he survive the winter.


Robins love raisins! Whenever the cup on our feeder is empty of raisins, the robins fly close to us on the patio or sit on the feeder by our window and look in - really! Then I put out raisins, and I can stand there as they fly to the feeder and fill up!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Ingrid, please search on line for a local wildlife rehabilitation group. They have the expertise to help raise the young bird with the proper diet and care.

Ingrid ross

Last night a young robin came and landed on my husband's knee in our yard after I called it not realizing this would happen! I have been it's surrogate mother since...feeding it worms into its open beak and earwigs beneath my pots...however it has decided to stay and follows us everywhere..it's not even intimidated by our dog...what to do??

The Zen Birdfeeder

John, I'm sorry I don't know that answer to your question. I recommend that you contact the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for an answer: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/page.aspx?pid=1098


how many worms does baby robin eat a day

The Zen Birdfeeder

Lynda, how interesting! Especially to hear that they are opening seeds, since their beak is not really designed to open hard-shelled seeds! Keep observing and enjoying the birds and thanks for sharing your observation.

lynda rekasi

We have a robin who visits our bird feeder daily, and it eats seeds! We have a mini habitat in our back yard and enjoy many varieties of birds( doves, finches, cowbirds, cardinals, red winged blackbirds, grackles +) and they all bring their families to our feeder. I think perhaps what attracted the Robin was the blend of feed that we used which had raisins in it. But on observation I see the robin breaking seeds and eating them. The other birds aren't sure what to do about this! So much fun. Add the squirrels and chipmunks into the mix and it is a hoot!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Dana, some birds (especially inexperienced birds) may build their nest in unusual places, sometimes not the safest or secure! In fact, Cornell Lab of Ornithology celebrates this on their Celebrate Urban Birds page by running Funky Nests contests! Check it out http://celebrateurbanbirds.org/community/challenges/funky-nests-2014/
Good luck with your funky robin!

Dana Trudeau

I seem to have blue robins eggs in my empty bird feeder... We hadn't put food in but we had a hunch and when we looked inside the feeder the mom flew out and my husband saw blue eggs... Has anyone had this?

The Zen Birdfeeder

Audrey, I'm glad we helped with your robin mystery! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


Thought it was unusual to see a Robin at our fruit, nut, seed feeder in central PA. Now I understand! She was busy digging out the chunks of cranberries.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Linda, how cool to have a robin eating your suet. Not an everyday occurrence! Thanks for sharing.


I've had the female Robin more than two weeks at our suet feeder several times a day. She lets me right up to rtf he window to take pictures. I love watching her

The Zen Birdfeeder

Duck, it's best for licensed rehabbers to raise true orphan birds since they know what best to feed them and how best to release them.
You might try searching for a wildlife rehabilitator in your area so they can decide when and where is best for releasing your robin.


Crows attacked a robin nest and we rescued one of the chicks. We tried to find the nest to but the little guy back but couldn't find it so now we have a feathered house guest. Its doing well and really learning how to fly. How well do robin fare in the wild after a situation like this. Its been outside with us and we hope he can go free but we worry about it.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Kat, as you've found, robins may visit feeders if they have the right foods for them. Their beak is not good for opening hard-shelled seeds, so they may visit a birdfeeder with a no-mess blend. They'll also eat fruits at a feeder, as well as mealworms.
Thanks for taking good care of those robins!


I've read that robins will not visit a bird feeder, but I find that is not entirely true. I think much depends on the food offered. I feed the birds a great mix of fruit, seeds, and nuts, and the robins have been visiting my feeders every day. They actually sit on them and seem to be 'guarding' their meal! I offer food on the ground as well, but they seem to prefer my feeders. I have also started to mix in some mealworms. They really gobble those up! They are such a welcoming site here in New Hampshire after a very long, COLD winter!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Michael - You're so lucky to be able to observe those behaviors around the nest!
LNMP - mine still just feed on the ground. Interesting.


Last year was the first time we had robins visiting regularly to feed on sunflower hearts/chips that had fallen to the ground. They are now fairly frequent visitors to our feeding area.

Michael Trattles

We have a robins nest in a shrub next to our front porch. Last friday the female was carrying out egg shells and both parents started non stop feeding the hatchlings.

The female is much more cautious approaching the nest than the male. She lands on a branch, then hops through 3-4 more before jumping into the nest. Where the male lands then jumps right into the nest.


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