Thursday, December 27, 2007

Robins are all-year residents in Longmont

A Longmont old-timer told me a few years ago that he never saw Robins here in the winter, back in the 50s and 60s. Traditionally we have always heard of Robins arriving in the Spring so we assume that they always migrate but even the map on this page shows them living year-round all the way up to southern Montana and western New York. Someone asked Johnny St. Vrain about this in the Times-Call last year and the reply explained that Robins can stay in Longmont year-round now because of the additional suburban berry-producing plants available to them now.

They don't eat seed and there is no worm supply in the winter, so they're left to finding winter berries and fruits.

Pictures below are from today's snow storm, where a flock of robins are eating the fruit from a Flowering Crapapple tree.

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