With this latest snowfall, many people are wondering about the survival of the early arriving migratory birds like the American Robin.
Many Iowans are surprised to hear that some of our resident robins “stick it out” here in Iowa all winter. They survive on fruits and berries left on trees and shrubs, and open water provided by streams, rivers, springs or bird baths in our woodlands and urban backyards. Warm down feathers, when fluffed up, help to keep them toasty warm. Robins are surprisingly resilient.