|American Robin: Bald Mountain State Recreation Area/ March 3rd, 2013 |
photos by Jonathan Schechter
Robins do not herald the arrival of spring.
And sometimes they are drunk.
(Look closely at the eyes of the robin above)
Contrary to popular myth fueled by media madness proclaiming robins as "the first bird of spring",
many robins in Oakland County (perhaps most) over-wintered among the shrubs, swales and
sheltered areas of our diverse county, a landscape mosaic rich with food and excellent habitat.
And as the winter passes they quite by accident sometimes get drunk.
During winter months these omnivorous birds feast on dried berries and fruits.
AFTER spring thaw when worms come to the surface in suburban lawns they revert back
their preferred foods of juicy worms; and that's when media goes mad reporting robin sightings.
But here is fact you may not know, robins (cedar waxwings and other species too) will sometimes
become more than a bit tipsy and appear woozy from feasting on fermented berries.
A harmless endeavour for them unless one tumbles out of a tree and becomes cat chow.
A few days ago I hiked the Graham Lake Trail of the Bald Mountain State
Recreation Area where I came upon what a fellow hiker dubbed The Robin Tree.
A half dozen robins feasted on bittersweet berries and seemed to sway in the breeze.
I felt like telling the robins to lay off the berries and sober up; worm slurping time is near!
|The "empties" of the bittersweet berries littered the ground.|