A transplanted Southern Californian living in North Dakota Idaho, with some insights on life with deaf dogs, a gluten free spouse, and the occasional mischievous garden gnome. Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Flocks of Robins are Sign of Spring

Over the past few weeks we've seen sporadic flocks of robins congregating in the area. They would seem to gather around a few trees, individuals flitting in and out, and then move on in a hour or two. They were fleeting enough that Alycia hadn't witnessed the phenomenon and thought that I was starting to lose my marbles when I described it to her.
The other day I was able to capture on camera (poorly) a flock of them in a neighbors tree. Yeah, it's not the greatest picture, but every dark speck in the tree is a robin. They were similarly congregated in a few trees across the street as well. It was hard to determine how many in total, dozens for sure, over a hundred. Maybe even hundreds of them?

Robins are a welcome sight as the presage the arrival of Spring. It's been a pretty dry and mild winter here but we're having a cold, gray, rainy spell and any inkling of Spring is a welcome sign.


Karen said...

I can see them! You're not losing your marbles, truly you're not. (Now if I would stop losing my cellphones in snowbanks, we'd both be happy!) What zone are you in now? We're very cold here yet, down below zero at night and looking at yet another snow 'event' this week. Tell the robins not to head this way just yet, if they come now they'll freeze their tail feathers off.

El Gaucho said...

Karen - We are happily in Zone 6! A big change from North Dakota and a welcome change for my gardening. I was surprised to see that many robins here this early, but apparently they're pretty hardy and switch their diet in the winter so they aren't dependent on the ground being thawed out. Stay warm out there!