Actually I was surprised to see them at all in the dead of winter. Some of them were actually quite hearty!!
One was as fat as any robin I'd ever seen. They were roosting in groups on branches of ornamental crabapple trees eating to their hearts content.
|Here's the male I was telling you about|
As for my flocking feathery friends, it turns out robins form flocks. They can and do live in sheltered areas in and around Toronto's ravines. They like fruit trees so forget about feeding them the little black oil seeds that their chickadee cousins prefer because they won't come anywhere near it. You'll also find them close to rowan or mountain ash trees from which to feed.
As for the rotund robin, turns out he's a valiant male who will stay on territory all winter long. He will sit alone in his ornamental crab tree and live off the fruit and will try and drive away any flocks who try and eat from his tree (although he won't bother with any of the fallen fruit).