FW: [Nature Recordists] Drunk robins

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Subject: FW: [Nature Recordists] Drunk robins
From: "Terry Bishop" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2006 09:24:48 +1100 (AUS Eastern Standard Time)
A few years ago around Orange NSW on the many orchards growing table grapes
the all the local birds and even the owners Blue Heeler dog would be
inebriated by the end of the day on the fermented damaged grapes left on the
vine and on the ground. Not so common now with winery vineyards taking over
and all grapes being used.

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From: Syd Curtis
Date: 2/12/2006 10:15:55 PM
To: bird
Subject: FW: [Nature Recordists] Drunk robins

I reckoned this posting on the US mailing-list <Naturerecordists> worth
Passing on.

Am I right in thinking I've heard somewhere of rainbow lorikeets getting
Inebriated? If so, on what?



From: Lou Judson <>
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2006 09:37:57 -0800
Subject: Re: [Nature Recordists] Drunk robins

Thanks for the report! I grew up in Marin County, with a view over SF
Bay, and several Pyracantha bushes in the yard. Robins would regularly
Get drunk on the lovely red berries and try to fly into the reflections
On the plate glass windows, sometimes falling two stories to the ground
Below, where they'd lay dazed for a while until they woke up and
Staggered off, taking a while to find their wings. Yes, good to keep
The kitties indoors!


Lou Judson ? Intuitive Audio

On Nov 30, 2006, at 9:00 AM, Wild Sanctuary wrote:

> Every year in this part of the country (N. California), the toyon
> berries ripen on the bushes still remaining in the non-agricultural
> undeveloped biological islands of Sonoma County. When the berries
> ripen, they ferment. Then - sometimes - the American robins gather in
> large numbers to pick away at them. After a while they get drunk and
> begin to stagger around the drive to our house, sometimes flying into
> windows and missing the phone and power lines when trying to land.
> This morning, a cold one (28F or -4C) in these here parts, was
> cloudless and beautiful except for the thousands of robins that
> descended on our property to partake of the seasonal delicacies. The
> soundscape was transformed and it's very noisy at the moment - a
> pretty funny spectacle. And we keep the cats inside.
> Bernie

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