So I'm walking down the road the other day and see a bunch of birds sitting up in a bare tree. Some were flying from one branch to the other. I looked closer. Huh? Robins? Huh? It's February. You're way too early. What on earth are you going to eat? The worms are still all frozen underground. Do I have to knit little sweaters and scarves for the bunch of you?
I'm not so sure they would like the seeds at my bird feeder--have never seen one there. They do, however, like sloshing around in my birdbaths but they're frozen up tight too. That won't work. So the internet revealed that besides bugs and worms, robins have a sweet tooth. They like fruit and berries, and yes, even cake and pastry dough. So folks, chocolate cupcakes and apple pie in your feeder for the early birds. No doubt the squirrels will enjoy that too.
And by the way, I made the horrifying discovery on the net that robins, a member of the thrush family, were once hunted for food!!! Imagine robin pie. No I can't imagine that. Thankfully, hunting robins was banned a long time ago. If the robins were all eaten we would never hear them singing just at sunset or before a summer rain.
And, by the way, some robins have been known to have a drinking problem. They gobble down fermented berries and then stagger around your lawn, periodically falling over and mumbling incoherently.
So then are you the first in your neighborhood to see a robin? Hah! Beat ya to it!