Winter Robins

I have had a love for birds for as long as I can remember.  Our home is decorated with birds. We love feeding the wild birds and we keep chickens. We have tried to design our yard to attract birds in all seasons.  I guess I have a real connection with them.

During the winter time, the wild birds have a more difficult time foraging for food especially after a good snowfall.We had just a good snowfall this past week.  It rained, turned slushy, then snowy.  It melted a bit for a day and they we entered a deep freeze.  Everything is now coated in a layer of ice.   However, I was surprised to find some Canadian Robins in the most unexpected place.  They had migrated down from Canada to warmer weather. Much larger, than their American relatives, I could not believe my eyes!  Robins in January?!

For the holidays, a dear friend gave us a fresh holly wreath for our front door.  As I was walking down the stairs, I noticed that the wreath seemed to have some wildlife in it.  As I looked closer, the wreath was full of Robins!  At first it was only a few, then at one point there were over 10 Robins on the front door wreath.  As fast as they could they gobbled up the ripe red berries.  They were hungry.  I did not care that they were taking the berries from the wreath. I was just happy that I could provide them with a food source. This was a living wreath in every sense of the word.  It was created from living holly branches. It attracted wild life and also provided a food source for them to thrive in the cold.

The view from my staircase looking out.
A robin perched on the gutter waits for an in at the wreath.


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Comments (15)

  • I've never seen Canadian Robins before, they are quite different from our UK ones.
    When are Canadian Robins usually around as you sound surprised to see them in January?
    Our UK ones are seen all year round but much more during the winter time.
    Thank you for sharing.


  • Beautiful… I love birds and invite them to my yarn too. I bet it was so cool to see them all over the wreath.

  • That's really neat that you got a picture of them on there. I wasn't sure if they were real when I first saw the picture!

  • Beautiful birds! Thanks so much for the invite 🙂 This week I'm all about grassfed beef and taking your Grandma's point of view.

  • You win. The Robin is our state bird. Each year it is a competition to see who can see the first Robin of the year. We usually don't see them until April. I LOVE the picture of the Robins in the wreath! Blessings from Wisconsin.

    • Thanks Dicky Bird! My hubby tells me these Robins are down from Canada visiting. They are much larger than American Robins. The American Robins are still south and should not return here until March or so. I'm glad he can tell the difference. I certainly cannot and am so glad that they are here because they make me think of spring!

  • Beautiful robins! So sweet that you let them eat the berries from your wreath. I have a love of birds as well that I inherited from my grandmother 🙂 I can always find her on her back porch with binoculars looking at the birds in her back yard. She always puts out seed for them and has a beautiful bird bath.

    I linked up my chocolate mousse to the blog hop today. Thanks for hosting!

  • It was considering of them to wait until after the holiday's before they began to eat your decorations. 😉

  • Oh WOW ! a Robin already he is early ! My favorite bird the Robin . Wonderful photos ! Have a good day !

  • I love the robins, they're so lovely. That is so sweet they eat the berries from your wreath. Happy new year and thank you for hosting this fun meme.

  • How neat to see them all in the wreath! 🙂

  • We are still several months away from seeing robins, but they are great fun to watch at our pond come early spring.

  • Thank you everyone for leaving such sweet comments! I really enjoyed reading them and imagining your memories.

  • Thank you for the sweet post. I, too, love Robins. I'm glad they have a place to rest on your wreath.
    Blessings and thanks for hosting. I love stopping by and joinin in.
    Carolynn xx

  • Oh wow, I love that your wreath is feeding the birds! I too love them, feed them and decorate the home with them. I've linked up and it's funny…my post is about the birds too!
    Thanks for hosting!
    Debbie 🙂


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