Until recently, when someone spoke of Robins, I pictured a mid-sized songbird, grayish-brown in color with an orange-red breast and belly. It wasn’t until I started following other “birders” on Instagram that I found out there is another Robin in the world. This not-so-new Robin is the European Robin! American Robins are actually named after the European Robin because of their red breast, and while both are part of the Thrush family, they are not closely related.
(Photo of European Robin courtesy of Wikipedia; American Robin- Karen Hance)
While contemplating the arrival of a much-anticipated Spring gardening and birding season, I started looking thru pictures of my yard and gardens from the last couple years. All of this made me realize what a bad case of Cabin Fever I have. The Cure? No more snow, warmer temperatures and lots of sunshine!
Besides bird watching, my favorite activity is gardening. Many different species of birds are attracted to a wide variety of flowers, as well as trees and shrubs, not only for food but for nesting and protection from the elements and other wildlife. As odd as it may sound, I’m eagerly looking forward to the day when I can get outside, clean up the yard and gardens, and see the harsh effects of a long winter vanish. I’ve already begun leafing thru seed catalogs, planning my vegetable garden, and deciding which new flowers to incorporate into my gardens this year. My yard consists of gardens filled with an abundance of trees and shrubs, perennials, annuals, a small pond with a waterfall (great for attracting birds and other wildlife), as well as various garden decor and sculptures throughout. Continue reading Dreaming of Spring Bird Arrivals, Gardening and Nature Walks…
Recently I started getting our birdhouses ready for the Spring nesting season, and not a minute too soon! With the nice weather we’ve been having here in the Northeast, the birds have already started to scout out and select their homes.
In just the last couple days, I’ve witnessed multiple Sparrows eagerly exploring 5 of our 14 birdhouses. It’s fun to watch them explore different houses… They usually sit atop of them and ponder whether or not this might be the one. Next, they may enter the house and try out the fit. If the house is clean and big enough for their nesting requirements, it has been my experience, that once they have chosen their home-tweet-home, they proceed to sit on top of it and proudly sing their little hearts out. They don’t seem to venture far from their chosen house for too long, so as to not let another bird steal it from them. Continue reading Bird House Selection Has Already Begun In Our Yard And It’s Only February!