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)
As I look out my window and see the piles of snow slowly melting away, I sit back and reflect on the long Winter we have had. It has been an extremely long season, filled with cold and blustery days, gray skies, and thankfully, below average snowfalls. It is quite a bleak scene with bare trees, brown grass, dirty piles of residual snow and not a flower in sight… Until now!
Crocus popping through the Earth
Daffodils popping through the earth
Crocus in bloom
As I strolled through my yard on a mild March day recently, I caught sight of something beautiful. My Spring bulbs have finally begun to break through the ground! This is truly a sight for sore eyes. Continue reading Good-Bye Winter | Hello Spring
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…
Even though it’s the middle of February and you may still have snow on the ground (like me), it’s not too early to start getting prepared for the Spring birding season. Whether you’re new to backyard birding, or a seasoned birder, here are some tips I think you might find helpful.
(1) Set up a new bird feeder (or two or three)- this will begin to attract birds to your yard. The birds you see at your feeder(s) just might nest in your yard come Springtime. I use multiple feeders with a variety of foods to entice as many birds as possible. I will talk about types of bird feeders and bird foods in an upcoming post. Continue reading Get Ready For Spring Birding Season