We had a surprising number of robins (Turdus migratorius) in the yard last week when our temperatures dropped to 12 degrees. The bird bath, with a heater that keeps the water from freezing, became a very popular spot.
Robins also flocked to the unheated water of the waterfall and ‘pond.’ At one point I counted twenty of them.
Doves, cardinals, starlings, and white-throated sparrows also came to drink, but the majority of the visitors were robins. I’m not sure where they’ve been spending the winter, and by noon most of them were gone. They added a lot of life to the backyard on a cold winter morning and we enjoyed their visit.