To my mind it is not odd that we see small numbers of dead birds; what is
odd is that we see so few. The population is large and the lifespans are
short. That being said, it does seem that the unseasonable weather we’ve
had this April has been hard on arriving migratory birds. However, given
that robins do manage to be present year-round in our area, I suspect
current mortality levels are not unusual.
On Thursday, April 26, 2018, Patricia Burden <tallerpat526...> wrote:
> Recently, someone posted on the Blue Water Audubon page about a Robin
> that has been coming to her suet feeder. This evening, I received
> messages from two different people about dead Robins they found in
> their yards. Neither bird was mauled or mangled in any way. One of
> these people said they heard there have been a rash of starving
> Robins. This sounds odd to me; it would seem that there are berries
> that have overwintered and the ground is not frozen here at all. Has
> anyone heard anything about Robins starving?
> Pat Burden
> Melvin & Yale, MI
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