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Winter 2010

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The changing natural world at our doorsteps | Illustration and text by Patterson Clark      

February 16, 2010

Robins find shelter from the blizzard

american robin

American robins are less visible in winter, but they're around -- concentrated in flocks that roam the Washington area searching for the fruits that make up their winter diet. They spend the long cold nights roosting in trees.

One such flock has found an effective shelter from recent blizzards in a row of Foster's holly trees growing along the south wall of a building at Wisconsin Avenue and P Street in Georgetown. Protected from the north wind, the dense evergreen foliage provides cover — and even a few holly berries — for the birds.

The birds probably migrated here from the north. Robins that breed here in the spring tend to winter a little farther south.

SOURCE: U.S. Geological Survey

american robins