Here in Ohio, we have robins that migrate and those that don't. They're a hardy bird and if they can find a food source, they'll hang around for the winter. It's for this reason that they aren't a true harbinger of spring in our area. The red-winged blackbirds have the corner on that title.
We have several Washington hawthorn (Crataegus phaenopyrum) trees on our property and in the winter, they're loaded with clusters of bright red berries. Birds of all kinds like these berries and by spring, most of them have been stripped from the trees by the birds.
On Monday, just hours before Part One of "The Big One" began - the snowstorm that was predicted to be the biggest of the season so far and the most widespread - a flock of robins settled in the hawthorn tree in front of our house.
|Sometimes it's like they're performing in a circus act when they're |
grabbing the berries.
They were quite noisy as they settled in and munched their way through the berries on the tree.
|I think someone needs to cut back on the berries a bit...|
It wasn't until I came back into the house after a mini photo session and brought up the photos on the computer that I realized there were cedar waxwings dining with the robins!
|A robin and a cedar waxwing share berries.|
I couldn't help wondering if they somehow knew of the impending storm and were getting while the getting was good. Perhaps this was the avian version of rushing to the store for milk, bread, and eggs.