Thursday, March 3, 2016
Robins for Breakfast
Dozens of robins settled in for breakfast this week. Early in the morning they scuttled around the yard looking for worms wriggling to the soil surface.
Not for the first time, I wished for a good camera and the expertise to use it. This just doesn't convey their numbers. They mostly hopped along the ground, occasionally flying low a few feet to where the pickin's looked better.
Curious about the behavior, I learned that robins cluster like this as they move north. They migrate in stages, prompted to move on by the air and ground temperatures.
Thus I can use their appearance in the early spring as an indication of warming soil, similar to how forsythia blooms when the ground temperature is about 55 degrees. Forsythia bushes are like a garden alarm. Once you see the yellow flowers, it's time to do some other garden chores.
Now I know to watch for the robins, then the forsythia, then the crabgrass.
It can't be long now, so get ready!
What are your favorite signs of spring?