Brooding Time for The American Robin

My two grand daughters, Olivia, Matilda and Myself were picking raspberry’s in the historic orchard and we came upon this delight in an apple tree. It’s brooding time again. Our lawn at this time are filled with these natives.

An American Robin can produce three successful broods in one year. On average, though, only 40 percent of nests successfully produce young. Only 25 percent of those fledged young survive to November. From that point on, about half of the robins alive in any year will make it to the next. Despite the fact that a lucky robin can live to be 14 years old, the entire population turns over on average every six years.

Robins eat a lot of fruit in fall and winter. When they eat honeysuckle berries exclusively, they sometimes become intoxicated

Robins eat different types of food depending on the time of day: more earthworms in the morning and more fruit later in the day. Because the robin forages largely on lawns, it is vulnerable to pesticide poisoning and can be an important indicator of chemical pollution.

I get my information from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

 

 

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