Posted on Nov 30, 2023 at 6:03 am by James T
The songs and presence of the European robin are highly appreciated by nature lovers. During the summer, these small birds help maintain our garden’s health by feeding on harmful insects such as beetles, butterflies, flies, aphids, and mosquitoes.
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Protecting robins from predators and poisoning
Caring for robins in winter is not limited to providing them with suitable food. Thoughtful hedge selection can provide privacy, shelter from the wind, and an environment conducive to the lives of birds and other creatures of nature. It is also important to ensure that they can feed safely.
In fact, these birds have a poor sense of smell and can quickly become prey to predators if they are in an insecure environment.
- Place your feeders near a climbing plant, preferably one that remains green, to provide natural shelter for the birds.
- Make sure the seeds and nuts offered are suitable for the size of their small beaks, otherwise they will have no reason to stay.
- Pay attention to the quality of the food you give: some treats like overly sweet raisins or chocolate can cause poisoning in birds.
How to further help robins in winter?
To support robins during the cold season, you can also provide them with fresh and clean water to drink. Natural water sources may freeze, so it is crucial to regularly monitor the temperature of the water you provide.
Finally, install nest boxes in your garden to provide a safe and welcoming place for birds to seek refuge and spend the winter in warmth.
Limited resources in winter
However, their usual food sources become scarce during winter. That is why robins quickly adapt by visiting certain berry bushes as early as November. This period coincides with their popularity on Christmas cards!
Additionally, they can also enjoy nutritious seeds and nuts.
- Place small pieces of nuts in feeders to attract robins and facilitate their feeding.
- Avoid giving harmful foods like bread and dairy products to birds.
- Be careful not to offer raisins that are too sugary or fruits containing toxic substances.
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Choosing the right treats: what to avoid
It is important to choose the right foods to give to robins. Here are some common mistakes:
- Bread: Avoid giving bread to robins as they cannot digest it properly.
- Dairy products: The lactose in milk or cheese can cause digestive problems in birds and even be fatal.
- Avocado: Remove avocado from their diet as it contains persin, a toxic substance for birds.
- Meat: Do not offer meat to birds in winter as it disrupts their natural life cycle and can affect their stomach.
- Raisins: Be cautious with store-bought raisins due to their high sugar content, which can harm robins.
- Chocolate: Avoid giving chocolate to birds as it is harmful to them.
By taking care of robins during winter, you not only contribute to their well-being but also to the well-being of your garden when the beautiful days return. It is a win-win partnership that helps preserve biodiversity and brings life and color to our green spaces.