This month Robins seem to be everywhere. People ask, OK what are they doing here in the winter time? There are no worms or bugs to eat so how are they surviving?
Though most Robins will migrate south for the winter there are always a few that will hang around and tough it out through the winter. As long as they have food and water sources available Robins can survive a Michigan winter.
Their main winter food source will be fruits from bushes and trees, leftover seeds and suet.
So if you see a Robin in your yard and you want give a helping hand here are a few tips:
Provide a open water source. Either via a bird bath or any shallow container you can place on the ground. On sub freezing days just keep adding tepid water.
Supplement their diet with dried fruits like raisins, cherries, or cranberries, seeds like sunflower chips or if you are not too squeamish dried or live meal worms.
The food can either be placed on the ground or again in a shallow container.
Once Robins find your water source, you can put the food out close to it.
Enjoy Michigan's State Bird!!