Sign of Spring

Friends of Flowerland have been reaching out to us during the month of February reporting sightings of robins. Our Michigan state bird is the robin, well loved and considered the harbinger of spring. It is also the state bird of our neighbor state Wisconsin. Robin sightings are always exciting in early spring! Actually sightings are not rare as there is a huge population of robins in North America. And robins are often seen throughout the winter. The key is if there is some open water and natural food sources in winter they will stick around. Their range includes the continental United States, Alaska, Canada and much of Mexico. As we experience winter thaws and the grass starts to appear on our lawns we are reminded of a key food source for robins. Robins are known for eating earthworms, often locating them by sound. As the ground thaws and worms break through the surface, robins, members of the thrush family, become more active and visible. They like other birds feed on a variety of insects and yet it’s estimated as much as 50% or more of their diet can consist of wild and cultivated fruits and berries! That’s why adding plants to your landscape that provide both cover (protection from predators) and food for robins will improve your odds of seeing them year around. Evergreens provide cover, and fruiting plants like crabapples, viburnums, pyracantha and dogwoods as examples will increase your odds of robin visits. Open water in winter helps too so consider a bird bath heater. You can always count on them in spring to be creative for nesting sites including a variety of man made structures (like soffits, building signs and decks) to construct their nest giving us the chance to see their beautiful robin blue eggs synonymous with the spring season! If however you have a good element or ratio of evergreens in your landscape they may choose one to take up residence during the nesting season. Here is a photo of some nesting robins in a Flowerland weeping pine this past spring.

Baby Robins spring 2021 (photo taken by Rick Vuyst)

And here is a mid-February video sent to us by Flowerland friends Mike and Marla. Thank you for the inspiration, we’re all anxious for spring 2022!

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