Blizzard with the arrival of robins

The back garden after roof raking and shoveling, Feb. 10.

I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me when we were roof raking after the record blizzard in Connecticut that began Feb. 8. There up in the tall tree was a robin.

What was he doing here?

Robins in our area usually signal the arrival of spring. I was surprised at what I saw, but I recorded the information for my bird tally for this year's Project Feederwatch.

I didn't think much more of the sighting until I came home from work yesterday late afternoon and saw several robins (at one time I counted as many as 10!) swooping about my front yard and into my neighbor's tall evergreen tree.

I sat in my car with the door ajar and could hear them calling to each other and scratching what little of the leaves and soil was exposed.

It was incredulous, and I still didn't believe my eyes, until a robin flew right by my head and landed in the pear tree.

Yep. They were here.

Perhaps the snow will melt quickly after all?

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