Recently, 6,500 members of our Welcome Home Nature Club were allowed to choose their favorite garden bird. And the winner was ... the robin! What is the best way to feed robins, giving them the right food in spring, autumn, summer and winter to increase the chance that one might visit your garden or terrace?
Naughty little robin redbreast
A robin is very recognizable by the red spot on its face and throat. This patch exists in both males and females. The belly of the robin is light brown, with the back and wings slightly darker. The round, jet-black eyes are also striking. Young birds do not yet have a red breast. They are instead olive green with yellowish spots.
The robin often lives on its own and is mainly found in wooded areas (both deciduous and coniferous forests), but during the winter it forages for food in the countryside and in cities. That's why we see a lot more robins in our gardens when the weather is cold.
In the summer, robins eat only spiders, worms, larvae and insects. When the insects disappear in autumn due to the advancing cold, robins switch to seeds and berries from yew trees, cotoneaster plants and rowan trees. Sometimes robins take the plunge and go looking for leftovers in urban gardens. That's where you come in!
How to feed a robin
In the fall and winter, give it a high-fat mixture. Does it reach freezing temperatures at night? Then a robin will certainly appreciate an energy-rich mix. And once a robin knows it can find food in your garden, it is more likely to visit regularly in the spring and summer as well. Then you can provide an insect mix: ideal for breeding or young birds.
The best thing to do is spread the food out on a feeding table or scatter it loose on the ground. Fat balls are not for robins, but you can always hang them for other garden birds.