The First Sign of Spring?

Look what I found in my front yard today! If you grew up like me with the lore of previous generations telling their tales, then you’ll understand completely why I had that instantaneous reaction of grabbing my camera. Knowing what I know about the American Robin as an adult, I of course know that my Great-Grandfather and Grandfather were telling tall tales – I don’t think they realized it at the time however – and in fact the Robin is actually present around Connecticut all year long. The one change in it’s habit over the winter is that with the ground covered in snow they can’t hunt for worms under the surface as they do in the spring and summer, thus you simply just don’t see them as often. 

Another interesting fact about the American Robin is that Wisconsin and Michigan also share the Robin as their state bird along with us here in Connecticut. Although the Robins around here really don’t migrate away in the Winter, the Robins in Canada do migrate a bit southward in winter, and those in the Deep South migrate a bit northward in the summer, both seeking the more moderate climate throughout the Central U.S.

Despite the facts being what they are, it’s still great to get that psychological boost from seeing and hearing the Robins in mid-to-late February when you’re ready for any sign or hint of spring. This is certainly one of those years when it means just a little more!

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