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Tipsy Treats?
Robins that gorge themselves on the remnants of last year's fruits can get a little tipsy. This happens most often in late winter and early spring when overwintering berries thaw and yeast fermentation of the sugars forms alcohol. Tipsy robins may fly into windows, buildings or cars and get hurt. Luckily for them, their summer diet of worms, grubs, grasshoppers and caterpillars will soon be plentiful.

"We have a lot of windfalls under our apple tree and this morning at least 50 robins were enjoying the juicy morsels.They've been around all day and I hope they don't all end up drunk tonight!"
Nelda in Humbird, WI (April 1, 2014) 

Photo: Don Severson


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