When Robins Roost


North American Robin

Have you noticed them lately? They’re in packs of 20+ and roaming the Cape in flurries of chirping feathers. The ever lovely North American Robin, harbinger of Spring! At the offices of Hopper Real Estate ~ Outer Cape Rentals, the yard has been full of them. Their avid attention spent looking for things to eat as they hop a few times, cock their heads quickly and stare at the ground. What are they looking for? Worms! At first thought one would think of getting a bag of wild bird seed to feed them. However, after looking on the net and reading up on their habits, it seems that these lovely bearers of Spring would enjoy fruit, both fresh and frozen, to eat.

What kinds of fruit? Here’s a quick list of fruits and other things they would love:

Fruits Worms and Meals
  • apple slices
  • raisins
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • cherries
  • currants
  • meal worms*
  • earth worms*
  • red worms*

* If you choose any of these a heated dog dish is a good suggestion to make sure that they don’t freeze.


Robins are very thirsty birds. Small shallow baths or pools with mud to make their nests is perfect. Also, a warm bird is a clean bird.

Warning – Bird Puns: One thing is for sure. With the Robins returning, Spring is still coming! We just have to duck a few more storms that fowl winds blow our way before it can perch on the Cape to nest.

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