Friday, February 19, 2010
In Europe, the cuckoo call is considered the first sign of spring. In the US, it is the reappearance of the American Robin. American Robins are very hardy and can withstand cold and snowy weather so don't tend to migrate. In the winter they switch to a diet heavy with berries and will only migrate if no food is available. However, as the weather warms and insects and worms begin to show, robins are seen suddenly, as if they just returned from some warmer location.
Just over a week ago, the Robins "returned" to Birdland - and lots of them. They seemed to be eating the olives from the trees and on the lawn below and also looking for insects in the grass.....every morning there are over 50 of them, all very busy! Welcome back Robins, even though you didn't go anywhere!
Are you seeing and hearing signs of spring yet where you live?