You may recall a recent post on my Winter companion, the American robin
who hasn't left the garden for several months. His long term 'rental', on
a fig tree branch complete with suet feeder, was tested yesterday following the
night of heavy snow.
Mid-morning, while awaiting the return of our power, and staring out the windows
at the icy conditions, in flew a flock of obviously hungry robins who proceeded to
gobble the seed and crumbs thrown down until we could get to out refill the feeder.
Robins in this large number don't usually arrive until Spring.
Unable to determine which robin might be 'our robin' in such a large group, I was
wondering if he would perhaps find a mate and leave our habitat with the flock when
they flew off.
They did what robins do best, nibbled, stood around silently turning their heads and,
after about 15 minutes they all disappeared.
ALL, except MY robin that is!
Yes, he didn't leave with the flock!
Apparently he's sticking around to wait for Spring.
Still hanging about the fig tree, quietly sharing the suet feeder with other
birds, then shuffling about, snacking on seeds and crumbs under the feeder.
Perhaps he knows a good thing - daily meals no matter the weather,
melted water in the bird bath for drinking and bathing. . . . .or perhaps he
just feels like he's one of the family here and doesn't want to move out!
Today the sun is shining, much of the 6" of heavy snow is falling
from branches. Many trees and shrubs look sad, perhaps permanently
pruned by the weight of the wet then frozen snow. Our cul-de-sac is heavily
rutted with hard ice where 4-wheeled drive vehicles have been able to turn - we
are not going out - no reason to take the risk with trees/branches down across
neighborhood streets, schools and some businesses still closed, and many
accidents on the highways.
Here's to Spring - sooner rather than later would be really welcome.
I just remembered and thought I'd share this little tidbit with you, my wonderful blogging friends.
Today, February 27, marks 8 years since I first hit that Publish button and became a blogger!
Wow time goes by quickly!