Sunday, February 12, 2012

Pit Stop in Myrtle Glen

Every year, around the same time in late winter, a family of American Robins takes a pit stop in Myrtle Glen.








I know, it is called a  'flock' but I can't help it, they remind me of a family, a large family, with 60 to 80 birds.













Every year they stop here, for just a few short morning hours, they pick through the grass and flower beds for grubs and worms, take splashy baths in the puddles from the sprinkler, and  sing and chat softly to each other evenly distributed in our 13 Crepe Myrtle Trees.








Then, all of a sudden, quietly and with no haste, they fly off and I won't see them again until next year.







This year I noticed a black bird among them. I wonder if this one is adopted or a hitchhiker?








I see the yearly visit of the Robin Clan as a good sign, spring is coming! The birds must surely know.

23 comments:

  1. Evi das sind ja herrliche Vögel
    das ist ja eine Freude das sie sich bei euch im Garten ausruhen
    ja die sind so groß wie unsere Amseln

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  2. ich sehe ein Abutilon blühen

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  3. Ja das Abutolon Baeumchen blueht am schoensten in den kaelteren Monaten. Im Sommer leidet es doch etwas unter der Hitze hier.

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  4. Diese Robins sind schoene Voegel, ich bin etwas traurig dass sie nicht laenger hier bleiben.

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  5. That is quite a flock! They are so pretty and cheerful. I've just had a small flock visiting here the last week or so. It seemed so spring-like - and now we've had a cold snap, so back to winter!

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  6. we have a cold snap this weekend, but hopefully it is the last one for this season :-)

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  7. Seems a sure sign of Spring to see the birds on their travels. Strange one with the Blackbird!

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  8. There are robins here too! Our mild winter has had so many birds where they don't belong at this time of year. I never saw so many robins in one tree at one time before. That never happens up here.

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  9. What a fun event to look forward to. That's a lot of Robins in one place, nice to have them visit, maybe nice to have them go? I enjoy the birds in our gardens and the Robins like to nest and have their babies here, but sometimes they are rather bossy to the other little birds and chase them away.

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  10. What gorgeous Robins! Your photos are really great - you inspire me to learn to take better photos!

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  11. Might they stay longer if you could offer them more to eat? Suet balls ? Ick, sorry. Or are they migrating to warmer pastures, and grateful for lunch?

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  12. Neat pictures!!!! The robins stopped by here too, a couple of times, last week. This year, however, they had quite a bunch of cedar waxwings with them.......it was quite a sight and a noisey lotta birds!!

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  13. it sure feels special to have such a large family stop to take a break, year after year.

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  14. lol, I would not know, I never have Robins here in my yard. But yes, after they are gone my garden looks aerated ;)

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  15. Thank you for your kind comment. I wish the birds would stay a little longer for the light to be better, but the sun is just blinking the sleep out of her eyes when the Robins take off again.

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  16. I assume the birds are on their way back North from their winter vacation. I have a lot of grubs and worms, surely they could stay a few days longer, but it is a yearly thing, just a rest stop on their long journey.

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  17. They were not loud at all, i guess they were still sleepy while here with me, and arriving at your place wide awake and noisy lol

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  18. I thought so too, strange for the black bird to be with them, since those black birds usually travel in large flocks as well. hope the little black bird is ok.

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  19. We call them Redwings in the UK robins are an entirely different bird to us. I have had a flock in my garden over the last few days - when the weather is really bad here they come in and strip every berry off every tree. Lovely to see though.

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  20. A lovely posting and such pretty birds - we don't get these in France - always great to see something new though! Have a good week - Miranda

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  21. The robins have figured out something the tourist industry should know: a stop at Myrtle Glen should be on every vacation itinerary!

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  22. The birds seem to know more about the weather than we do. You're very lucky to have such a lovely event every year.

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  23. I saw a robin today. But generally, I only see one, not a large flock like that! How very exciting!

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