February 16, 2008

Robin Red Breast

The days are growing longer, and I continue to be on the alert for signs of incipient spring. I live on a migration path, and am starting to see some Canadian geese and tundra swans winging their way northward. I am also seeing a lot of robins, but they are not the harbingers they are reputed to be. In relatively mild winters without a lot of snow cover, robins will congregate in flocks but stay put in their breeding grounds. They are especially attracted to water; it can be difficult to find in winter. Here are some clustered around one of my small ponds during a snow squall:
A bit hard to spot the distinctive red breast in that picture, but very apparent below. This specimen is rather crudely but enthusiatically embroidered on a vintage tablecloth:

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