When I digiscoped the European Starlings feeding on hawthorn berries last week I also turned my digiscoping rig towards the horde of American Robins that were frequenting the same hawthorn shrub. They were struggling to stay balanced on thin branches in strong wind while scarfing down berries like they were the tastiest thing they had ever eaten. It was fun to watch and photograph and I spent quite a bit of time with the birds in the nice late afternoon light snapping shot after shot after shot.

Though the image that most people find in their mind when they think of American Robins eating is of a robin pulling a juicy earthworm from a nice green lawn, for most of the year robins are essentially frugivores, only gorging on protein when the demands of breeding season and hungry nestlings require it. This time of year robins are flocking up and roving around looking for food over wide areas and sometimes forming huge flocks of birds that beggar belief.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy these images and remember to check fruiting plants in your neighborhood to see what birds are fattening up for the cold months ahead.  Enjoy!

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.