What do the robins in my yard want most from me? Apparently WATER!
American Robins are occasional visitors to my yard, and they may visit your yard frequently. They aren't here for the plentiful seed or nuts or suet or nectar offered in feeders around 3 sides of my house. When they're here, they're checking for their favored earthworms in my yard, but the less-than-fertile sandy soil yields little in the form of earthworms. There are other insects to find in my chemical-free habitat, but what my robins seem to relish the most in my yard is the birdbath.
I have 3-4 birdbaths in my yard during the summer (one is very shallow and evaporates to empty quickly) and 1 heated bath during the winter. Robins are at their birdbathing best during the summer, relishing in the two birdbaths on the sunny side of the house, both which have solar-powered fountains in them.
They're bigger birds and aren't afraid to "go in the deep end", so to speak. They emerge soaked, looking quite a mess!
After their bath, they preen, finishing the cleaning-up process by cleaning and realigning feathers with their beak.
This hot summer has been especially busy at my birdbaths. I hope you've enjoyed seeing a nice variety of birds at your birdbaths as well.