March came in with a blast of cold wintry air and a light dusting of snow at our house last night. This morning the snow gave way to watering the dry winter-worn grass. As I stood by the window taking it all in my eyes began to adjust to what I was actually seeing. Robins! Robins everywhere! I grabbed my camera (and a coat) and headed outside. As I stood in our yard and made a complete 360 degree turn I saw robins hopping around the yard. Hundreds of them … okay, maybe dozens of them – but a lot no matter what! Does this mean spring is here? After all, robins are a sign of spring, right?
Do you see 6 1/2 robins in this picture? After a bit of research I found this not to be a true sign of spring.
Instead they tend to gather in large flocks during colder months, going to large communal roosts at night. These flocks tend to stay in more rural areas where there is a better food supply. Or sheltered in woods which surround our home. So although they may not be so readily seen in some places, especially in a more urban environment, there are still robins around in rural areas like mine.
Alas, it is still 33 degrees outside. The roads are wet with sleet and rain and snow. The yard is a little greener than yesterday. And I saw robins – lots of them. All in all a beautiful start to a lovely day.
~ Blessings, Catherine