There are eight robins sitting in a tree outside my kitchen window right now. The real number fluctuates as robins come an go but I think that eight works as the average. They sure can’t be a harbinger of spring since spring is a good two months away on the calendar and today’s temperature is minus zero. I just made that up as a new useless weather term. Pass it around and see if it catches on.
I always thought that robins flew south for the winter but that’s not the case. They can stay all year round in northern locations. I have been filling and refilling the bird feeder in the yard for the past two days. I’ve got loads of sparrows, finches and even a cardinal or two. The robins don’t seem interested in the feeder. I don’t know what has drawn them to my back yard. In the summer I get yellow finches at the sunflowers. Not today, maybe in 7 months or so as they prepare to migrate south.
I just added sunflower seeds to the feeder and that’s what has brought the cardinals. It’s got to be a tough gig being a small bird toughing it out through the winter. I do what I can. This is a picture from last summer’s crop. At the peak I had about 26 sunflowers growing. It was great.
In the meantime…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6Py8Hw7QT8