Attracting Robins

Attracting Robins to nest in your yard, or just because you enjoy watching them can be done many different ways.

Understanding the types of plants, nesting sites, and food that attracts these birds will increase your chances of having Robins in your backyard.

Diet of American Robins

The diet of the Robin does not include seeds so bird feeders with seed won't work. Robins are attracted to earthworms and insects such as termites, and grubs.

Also included in their food preferences are fruit and berries.

American Robins at the nest

Robin on Tree Limb

What Robins Eat in Feeders and Plants

If you want to attract them to feeders try placing raisins, suet, strawberries, grapes, and currants on a fruit feeder hung from a pole or attached to a tree.

The best way I've discovered to attract Robins to feeders is to offer grape jelly in a shallow bowl or feeder. This is the one I use. Grape Jelly Feeder

Providing a source of water is one of the surest ways of attracting Robins to your backyard gardens.

A birdbath will attract a wide variety of birds that don't normally visit your feeders. Make sure to keep the water and birdbath clean.

Certain plants will draw more of these birds to your yard. Consider planting fruiting plants such as bayberry, pyracantha, and grapes.

Fruiting trees that provide food for Robins are crabapple and cherry.

Where American Robins Like to Nest

Robins were forest-nesting species but over time they have become especially adapted to cities and open areas.

They now commonly nest in gardens and parks although they can be found in just about any type of habitat, apart from swamps and marshes.

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Attracting Robins to nest near your home can be done by providing nesting shelves placed under overhangs of buildings and barns.

Robins can be found nesting in various places such as downspouts, electric meters, or any ledge type platform.

Traditionally they nest in the fork of a tree or dense shrub 3 or more feet above ground.

Providing a muddy area will aid in attracting them to nest near you. The female uses mud to build the nest.

A favorite way to do this is to take an old trash can lid, turn it upside down and fill with dirt and water.

Robin Building Nest On Nesting Shelf

Baby Robins Leaving Their Nesting Shelf