I know that there might be robins in the woods that I just never see. But why don't I see any robins. I see lots of birds including chickadees, cardinals, and blue jays. There are Hawthorn trees out front where birds often go during the winter and there are worms in the woods. Robins love these. There is also mud in the woods and grass out front for a robin to make its nest. Sometimes during the spring I see grass and flowers in certain parts of the woods.

In case you want to know I live in central ohio. I have seen robins further north in grassy areas. but never here in central ohio.


According to The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, American Robins are indeed found in wild places like woodlands, forests, and mountains. Because worms hibernate, the winter robins feed primarily on berries, found on trees and shrubs in the woods.

The Ohio Division of Wildlife lists robins as native to Ohio. Some migrators travel through but there is a population that overwinters, in both urban areas and woodlands. They're shy and not easy to spot, which is probably why you haven't seen them, but it's worth looking.

It sounds like you're in a great spot! In fact, the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks Agency oversees 17 natural parks with 200 miles of trails and over 27,000 acres of land in Central Ohio, one of which is Inniswood park. The agency is headquartered in Westerville, so hopefully that's close enough by for you to check out the area. There are a number of places for bird-watching. A group called Trek Ohio keeps records of where the robins overwinter in central Ohio. Sightings have risen into the thousands in Inniswood.

Get some binoculars, poke around, and let us know what you find!


I've certainly seen robins in woods (I'm in Scotland) but I've also noticed how much the populations of different bird species vary with location. There might just not be that many robins in your local woodland.

Edit: American robins and European robins are apparently quite different. However, my comment above is probably still valid.

  • Yes I see lot's of robins in the woods, are american robins different to uk ones? – user2766 Sep 16 '15 at 16:00
  • @Liam: Yes. The same common name is applied to two different species on either side of the pond. The OP shows Ohio as his location, so it's a good assumption he is asking about the America robin, Turdus migratorius, not the European robin, Erithacus rubecula. – Olin Lathrop Sep 20 '15 at 15:50

You don't see robins in the woods for the same reason you don't see prarie dogs there either; it's not their habitat. Notice that most of the time when you see a robin, it's hopping along the ground in some open space, or in a tree near some open space.

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    Indeed, what you might see in the woods is the robin's cousin, the wood thrush (or other thrush species in your area). The robin is the renegade thrush that likes open areas. – Jon Custer Sep 16 '15 at 1:18
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    I'm not sure if they are have different habitat but american robins and European robins are very different – user2766 Sep 16 '15 at 16:01

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