Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Myth of Robins

Robin on a sunny afternoon worm hunt.  Saturday, March 26
 (photo by Jonathan Schechter)

Contrary to the common myth that robins are harbingers of spring, they are not.
Many robins overwinter in Oakland County.  Then why does that 'false fact'of nature's way
keep spreading? Fact of the matter is clear: When the snows begin to melt exposing grasses, 
 robins emerge from sheltered woodlands and thickets and hop about where we are on their endless
 hunt for worms. And we are out now more too, so we see them more.
Yesterday afternoon about a dozen robins were in my field, tilting their heads, listening, looking,
hopping, hoping, dreaming.
Worms beware: Robins are on the hunt!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

True! But hearing one broadcasting his territory through song early in the morning is one of the nicest signs of spring, nevertheless. tp

March 31, 2011 at 2:44 PM 

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