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If this female robin is here to usher in spring, she'd better think twice! Taken during Thursday's heavy snowfall.

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laurajane

Tex, I would have gone to the store directly, but robins don't eat seed and suet! Thanks for the compliment, though.

Thank you very much Patti, Monica, Pat, gnt, dondi and snooker!

Nice poem, dondi. Did you write that?

Will send up a whole box of robins, Patti!

PLG1958

Love it! Thanks, Laura!

snooker

Beautiful, clear shot, Laura. Super job.

dondi

I see the first robin of spring,
His tail feathers frosted and frowsy.
To me, overcoated, it means not a thing,
Except that his timing is lousy.

Yes, I discovered a few years ago that we had robins during the winter - during a Christmas eve storm, I saw a flock of at least 70 in the trees behind where I work in the Boston area. During the winter, I'd see mini-flocks (10 or so) flying around.

But we never see them at my home in Cambridge until warmer weather - although one has shown up here within the last two weeks. I think that our winter robins are migrants from farther north, and our summer robins are down in mellower climes.

gnt1041

great pic but sure is early for a robin.....none around here LOL

pkin38

Cute picture thanks LJ

mhughes69

AAAWWW! He's so beautiful isn't he! Very nice closeup shot Laura, thanks so much!

PLG1958

Send her up here! Can't wait to see and hear these lovely things!

texasstar7

Laurajane, I'm really surprised at you. When you saw that little robin on the ground, I'm astounded that you didn't run right to the store to buy her some seeds & suet! You, the St. Francis of Litchville, of all people! Nice photo, by the way. Thanks.

laurajane

I received a Christmas card from my friend in the UK and it was of a robin with red wellies on. I wonder where I can get a hold of a couple cases of them for my birds.

Thanks, chickie! :o)

chickiemama

A cute little robin she is laura.

photogent

You would have thunked they would get frozen toes without the snow boots.

laurajane

Actually, the robins never leave for the winter. How's that for a myth buster? They truly never leave. They just change their behavior in the winter, so we don't notice them as much. Since the ground is frozen and they can't get insects and worms, they change their diet to things such as fruit. I watched them strip my crabapple bare this past fall and early winter. Today, I was in St Louis and there was one tiny bare spot next to a building and all the rest of the ground had snow on it. There was a female robin trying to find something to eat in that bare spot. Poor little gal.

mountain

She looks like she should be building a nest for her babies

ytown96

Deep woods robin are starting to show up.