Mar 22 2014

Dumpster Robins

Published by at 7:20 am under Bird Behavior

The robins' dumpster and their favorite perch (photo by Kate St. John)

A few days ago I looked out my office window and saw two American robins perched on the dumpsters at Central Catholic High School.  As I watched, one dove into a dumpster and disappeared.  Soon it flew out of the flap opening on the left and the other robin dove in.

What is this?  I’m used to seeing crows, gulls and even house sparrows at dumpsters … but robins??

I tried to photograph the robins but always missed so I’ve had to settle for a snapshot of the dumpsters with a green symbol for the robins’ favorite pre-dive perch.

I wonder what attracted them into the dumpster.

I did not dive in to find out!

 

(photo by Kate St. John)

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Dumpster Robins”

  1. Heather Jacobyon 22 Mar 2014 at 9:01 am

    Maggots? Oh yuck.

  2. Theresa maeon 22 Mar 2014 at 12:28 pm

    At our house they love the maggots from the compost bin…they hang out on the edge of the green bin…I started leaving it open for them on the day before garbage day when the maggots are at their best ;)

  3. Kate St. Johnon 22 Mar 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Theresa May, I’ve learned something new today. I never thought of what a public service these robins are performing.

  4. Marleneon 30 Mar 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Hi What’s with Dorothy? She sits a little, then doesn’t sit. Are we having no falcons this year?

  5. Marleneon 30 Mar 2014 at 4:32 pm

    PS I forgot to ask if anyone’s seen the male around and who is it?

  6. Kate St. Johnon 30 Mar 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Marlene, Dorothy is old & now appears unable to produce more eggs. E2 is definitely around. Saw him today. Here’s an assessment of Dorothy’s situation http://www.wqed.org/birdblog/2014/03/26/hen-o-pause/

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