Day 185: Harbingers of Spring

“Although robins are considered harbingers of spring, many American Robins spend the whole winter in their breeding range. But because they spend more time roosting in trees and less time in your yard, you’re much less likely to see them. The number of robins present in the northern parts of the range varies each year with the local conditions.” To read more click here

24 thoughts on “Day 185: Harbingers of Spring

  1. We just had a group/flock of robins fly by. A lot of very small ones littered the yard. They don’t stay around long. I grew up in another area where robins seemed to be around all the time … or so it seemed. I never thought of them as a beautiful bird .. but plain and common. Now when they appear each year I see how beautiful and lovely they are.

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    • I love watching robins. We get lots of them that gather on the grass after it rains. They almost do a dance. A few steps forward then stopping for just a sec to peck in the grass and then few steps again. I think when we see birds all the time we don’t really appreciate them.

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  2. Jackie this is a treasure of a photograph of a Robin. Here in the Interior of British Columbia I saw our first returning Robin about a week ago, which is crazy early. As you comment, this Winter has been anything but normal and I fear the ‘new normal’ is going to be continuous abnormal. Robins come here only to breed and raise their young and then leave in the Fall. That being so, they are hyped and hyper, very territorial, their warning, sharp chirps and scolds a constant sound, and chasing off any encroaching rivals. Once their brood has been raised they become so docile, we almost don’t know they’re around–and then, soon after, they leave to go South. My paintings of miniatures of Robins always sell very quickly, especially at this time of year. Thank you for this lovely photograph.

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