Sunday, March 29, 2009

Weekend Wrap-Up

Even though it doesn't feel much like spring here yet with our below freezing nights and a windchill of 9 degrees this morning when we took Sophie for a walk, there are plenty of spring birds in the backyard, looking for food and doing lots of singing and pairing up.

You've always heard that robins don't eat birdseed, right? Look at this goofy robin who's been hanging out in the tray feeder on my deck. I watch him and he's definitely eating something from this tray, but I can never see what sort of seed he's got in his beak.
When I worked at Wild Birds Unlimited, we learned from one of our customers that his robins really chowed down on whole sunflower hearts when they got back in the spring. The seed blend I put in this tray feeder contains whole sunflower hearts, so I'm guessing that's what this robin is picking out. Watching this robin brings a big smile to my face!

This is a short post tonight and I'll leave you with this little video I shot out the dining room window yesterday afternoon.

Have a good week everyone!


Kallen305 said...

Ruthie, I have never seen a Robin at the feeder before!! I would be smiling too knowing that the Robin is getting a full belly and nourishment when worms are too frozen for eating.

Great video of the Cardinal. I hear the song whenever I get in my car for work in the morning now and it's a great way to start my day!

troutbirder said...

Spring? Spring! What's that?

Mama Pea said...

Don't I just love it when spring finally arrives? I can't remember what it's like. We have a storm warning for 5-10" of snow starting tomorrow night and all day Tuesday. Grumpf! (We're in NE Minnesota in case any of you want to come play in the snow with us.)

Shellmo said...

Amazing to see that robin eat that birdseed!!

RuthieJ said...

Hi Kim,
I would like to put some mealworms out for this robin, but I'm afraid the other birds would find them and eat them all before the robin had his chance.

Hi Troutbirder,
I hope you got out and enjoyed a little bit of the spring preview sunshine this afternoon--sounds like we won't be seeing it for a while again.

Hi Mama Pea,
I saw the weather forecasters moved that winter storm warning more north now. I'm so sorry!

Hi Shelley,
I can't tell if it's just this one robin or not, but he's been spending a lot of time in this feeder tray

Kelly said...

I do love it when spring arrives!! Love the cardinal movie, and yes, that's the first Robin I've ever seen eating seed in a feeder! You must have the touch (now if you can just get it to feed out of your hand like Shelley can!).

Gaelyn said...

Hope it warms up soon. Never seen Robins at my feeders, but on the ground nearby once in a while. Nice cardinal video.

Mel said...

Lovely video :)

jan m said...

I have never had a robin at my feeders, though they hang out nearby getting worms. That's neat that you had one enjoying your seed.

Dana and Daisy said...

oh I've heard that tweet before! I didn't know it was the cardinal making it though.

dAwN said...

That is surprising to see the Robin at the feeder...Sunflower hearts..will buy some of those.
I loved your video and the cardinal singing.

cindy said...

Ruthie, I put out a square of suet in my plateform feeder for my robins. They really seem to enjoy it. Great pics!

Jayne said...

It's always so funny to see a bird that you do not expect at the feeders! Love your cardinal announcing the spring Ruthie. :c)

danielle said...

I love cardinals since they keep us company in the dark of winter. But, looking at the upcoming forecast, are we really entering spring? ;-) So tired of snow....

Anonymous said...

We have lots of robins under all the feeders in back. There is a huge "seed hulls bed" under them, and the robins are always here grubbing around. I think there are all kinds of things that creep and crawl in there.

Love that cardinal video, what a beautiful song they sing.


RuthieJ said...

Hi Kelly,
That Shelley is pretty amazing isn't she? My sister used to have a robin that would practically take mealworms out of her hand, but mine aren't quite that trusting.

Hi Gaelyn,
April's almost here -- it's GOT TO warm up sooner or later!

Thanks Mel.

Hi Jan M,
I think this is the first time I can remember seeing a robin eating seed at my place too.

Hi Dana,
If you hear a cardinal singing like that close by, look to the very top of the trees and hopefully you'll be able to spot him. It's hard to believe that much sound can come from a bird that only weighs a few ounces!

Hi Dawn,
Lots of birds like sunflower hearts and the other benefit is no waste (sunflower shells) to clean up! They're a little more expensive, but you're paying for 100% seed, so it's actually a pretty good deal.

Hi Cindy,
Do you use just the plain suet?
There are also starlings and grackles that come to this feeder and I'm afraid if they discovered suet with nuts or fruit in it, the robin would never get a chance.

Thanks Jayne.

Hi Danielle,
I couldn't believe it when I saw the forecast either for a winter storm warning! Fortunately, it's missing SE MN, but I sure feel bad for everyone up north who are still stuck in winter!

Hi Mom,
I've noticed the robins pecking around under the feeders too and wondered if they were actually finding any bugs or stuff to eat.

Carolyn H. said...

That is one goofy robin. I've never had one in my feeders before. I guess it was hungry enough to try anything!

Carolyn H.

Meggie said...

My brother likes to run in the very early morning. He says it's so nice to hear the birds these last few weeks. It isn't very warm here but the birds are quite hopeful. Me, I'm sceptical!

Anonymous said...

I tossed some worms to "my" robin yesterday. He/she seemed quite happy albeit a little shy at first.
Spring is here, spring is here, spring is here, spring is here, spring is here, spring is here, Spring is finally........HERE!

Your (mealworm farming) Sissy

Red said...

It has to be spring if Robins are there, right?