Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Robins Are Here

The first few were around the birdbath yesterday morning. Rainwater had refilled the bath, but there were pecan leaves in the bottom. I emptied and filled it with fresh water. This morning when I looked out, there were dozens, in the trees, on the ground and taking turns for a drink. Some sat around the bird bath, some on the ground below as others fluttered up into the pecan trees above and opposite.

WELCOME, welcome, little stranger,
Fear no harm, and fear no danger;
We are glad to see you here,
--by: Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)



My photos were taken through a bedroom window, so the quality is poor. If I'd gone outside, the dog would have chased them away.



There are abundant berries and seeds here for them. I don't remember such a huge flock in winter before. Usually they show up in February just prior to heading north.

The bird on the faucet is brass. He's the handle.

15 comments:

  1. Neil Jean,
    We have robins here year round. During the winter you can see them by the thousands in the Alligator National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge is full of hollies a favorite berry of robins.

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  2. I love having birds around and in the winter wish we would get more. Lately I haven't even seen that many robins. ;-(

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  3. we get flocks of robins coming through our place, too. They are always a joy to see.

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  4. I haven't seen any robins in a few weeks. Usually they're pulling grubs and other insects from the ground this time of year.

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  5. Hi Nell Jean, we saw our first robin just today, but it flew away when we reached for the camera, of course. It is exciting to see them now. :-)
    Frances

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  6. I wondered where my Robins went in the winter, they go to your house. Feed them good Nell ;-)

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  7. So that's where all our robins went! LOL We usually don't see them again where I live until Feb/March.

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  8. What a wonderful treat. I am so glad you were able to capture them with your camera. I hope they continue to stick around. *I just love your faucet with the little bird on the handle.

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  9. What a treat to have robins. They look like they are quite happy to be at your place. Love the handle of your faucet.

    Have a lovely Christmas.

    FlowerLady

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  10. Nell Jean,
    The Black-capped Chickadees and Woodpeckers have been having a feast at my feeders. I love your birdbath. I have been searching for a solar-powered bird bath dish. The options seem to be pretty limited, but I am looking forward to putting one out there for them. :)

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  11. Strangely, we saw very few robins last spring; one day we saw dozens.........then they were gone!

    I don't think we saw any the rest of the season.

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  12. We also have robins year round...but they flock together as the days get longer and warmer~~They are wonderful birds! I take almost all my bird shots through glass...they disappear if I sit outside! gail

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  13. It's so interesting to see where the birds are showing up now. I saw a couple of Robins here yesterday, but there usually are very few in the winter around here. In the spring when the Robins really begin to arrive is when you know warmer weather is coming.

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  14. How cool to have a spigot right where your birdbath is (or how smart of you to position your birdbath there!). I love the handle.
    In the past few years we've had robins in Colorado year around too (we used to not see them in the winter months) Everyone is attributing them staying to global climate change. This year tho I've hardly seen any so I'm not sure what's going on? I like almost every bird but there is just something exceptionally cheery about a Robin.

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  15. You have captured several robins here. It is always a delight to see them. Now I would liek to wish you and your family A Very Merry Christmas!

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