As a child I learned that one of the first signs of warmer weather was the reappearance of the American robin. So when I noticed a whole flock of them in my neighborhood last February I chalked it up to a mild winter.
But this winter I saw flocks of robins in January! This winter has not been as warm as last—we just finished a week where the temperature hardly rose out of the teens (Farenheit, that is). We have also had some snow. So what is the real scoop on robins? Why am I noticing these warm weather-loving birds in the middle of the winter?
This morning while waiting for the school bus to pick up my son, I heard the familar honking of Canada geese. I am used to seeing the local flocks of 10 or so geese flying from the Housatonic River in the center of town to the pond near our house, or onto the wide lawns of the private school just around the corner.