Nature Walk: Winter Robins
Robins are thrushes, like bluebirds, and along with the hermit, thrush may migrate no farther south than necessary as long as food is available. They can easily survive northern winters feeding on fruits like the crab apple and a variety of berries, such as the high-bush cranberry, autumn olive and honeysuckle. They often look rather plump, but it is likely puffed up feathers, which provide insulation from the cold.
Regardless of what the groundhogs say, it’s a little too early to think winter has finally left Iowa. But take heart, these tough robins stay in town and brace the cold – so can you!
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