Monday, March 10, 2014
Spring Is Springing!
Now isn't that just about the most beautiful site that you've ever seen??!! It's nearly 15 C and the sun is shining, there is the delightful gurgling sound of water running through the gutters and bird song is filling the air.
The Queen was basking in the sun today, sniffing all the delightful aroma's as the snow begins to melt away and the hint of warming earth fills the air. We've still a fair bit of snow around as you can see in the background but where the sun can penetrate it is disappearing rapidly.
The birds are singing their hearts out; oh how I love this time of year when the silence of winter is broken by the trills and calls of our feathered friends. The varied thrushes have arrived in their swooping flocks:
They are so beautiful, aren't they? When I first spied them yesterday I thought that the robins had returned as they're coloration is similar but soon realized that they were varied thrushes.
But then today, when I was outside with the pups, I heard that distinctive 'tut-tut-tut' call of a robin and soon spied him foraging on a patch of bare grass. Hooray, the robins are back!
I don't know about you but for me the return of the robins is a true harbinger of Spring. They may head down into the valley for a few days if we get a cold spell but always hurry back to start courting and building their nests.
Hope that Spring is Springing where ever you may be too and that your robins will soon be bob, bob, bobbing along!