Robin Therapy Helps Cape Cod Escape the Dismal Doldrums of Winter – Day 28

I’ll be the first one to admit it…

Cape Cod can get downright bleak in winter, like some kind of dreary moor landscape straight out of a Bronte novel.

And yet.

We have robins!!


And they have been managing, sometimes single-featheredly, to keep us all smiling these dismal days.


Especially with the Big Berry Bonanza going on for our hungry winter friends to help keep them warm and healthy!


Don’t you just love ’em??  😉

A Tiny Robin and Me

Seeing some of the last autumn leaves now in the marsh.


Yet this tiny robin was singing his little heart out the other evening at sunset, oblivious to winter’s steady approach.


Perhaps he likes winter… almost as much as me?

Well, Look Who’s Back!

It’s that time of year.

The crocuses are braving the relentlessly raw chill of Cape Cod springtime, pushing their way up, up, up through the sandy soil and pine needles.

You see robins everywhere! Their red breasts so bright and eye-catching that you can’t help but stop and stare as they warn you to “Kindly move along, please, move along, move along.”

The Canadas are gathering to discuss the usual goosely matters – the new nest, the high cost of living on the Cape, the affordability of sending 6 new kids to college.

And oh my yes! The ospreys are back, and it’s as if they never left.

Soaring in over the marsh, circling high in the sky, sending their cries out to announce their arrivals.

But no time for dilly dallying!

It’s time to find your mate…

Pick out a spot for the new nest, stake your claim, and get acquainted.

My heart feels at ease.

The marsh has welcomed our “fish hawks” to their summer home once again.

Their familiar spring rituals have begun.

After a long, quiet winter here on Cape Cod, they sure are a sight for sore eyes.

All is well, all is well. All is truly well.

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Empty nest, not so fast!

Every spring at least one pair of robins builds a nest under the deck. High up in the rafters they are safe from predators and cool when it’s hot.

I love watching the process from shiny blue eggs to peeping youngsters to fledglings.

Blog-RedRiverWalk6-13-13-21But to be honest, the older the baby robins get the edgier I feel about scaring them as I go up and down the stairs. I’d feel terrible if I ever stepped on one by accident, and I breathe a huge sigh of relief when the day comes for them to fly away.

And yesterday was that day!

I was heading up the stairs with a bag of groceries and out they flew! One landed on the railing, the others scattered to a nearby maple tree with Mama bringing up the rear.

Hurray! Our baby birds were off and on their way at last!

SallyGarden196I went about my garden chores, finally getting some weeding time in without fear anymore of disturbing the robin family.

I was thinking how lonely it was not hearing the babies under the deck when I noticed Mama Robin down on the fence below. Her mouth was stuffed full of grubs and worms as she cocked her head this way and that, chirping a mile a minute.

She was clearly upset. With me.

SallyGarden191-BlogNow if you’ve ever had the feathery eyeball directed at you from a perturbed Mama Robin, you know exactly what I mean!

SallyGarden192-BlogMama flew over to an adjacent fence, her usual spot for routine feedings.

She was looking straight up at her nest.

SallyGarden193-BlogI decided to take a look at the nest for myself. Peering down between the deck boards I spotted her right away. Hunkered deep in the nest, a pair of bright baby robin eyes were looking right back at me!

Turning back to Mama Robin I said, “So there’s one left after all, huh Mama? One not so eager to leave home just yet?”

SallyGarden194-BlogAnd then off Mama flew!

SallyGarden195-BlogSeconds later, I heard the soft peeping sound of the little baby bird below getting her lunch.

It was kinda’ nice having the company again…

Thanks for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod!

Sally

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Robins on the Eve of a Cape Cod Blizzard

What IS it about robins?

Bird394-BlogThe robins of winter here on the Cape always seem to know when we’re about to get hammered with snow.

It was like a PARTY out there in the backyard today!

There were robins everywhere, noisily putting on a real show, fluffing all their feathers, flying from tree to tree, posing their very best of poses.

Bird398-BlogBird396-BlogAnd they look you RIGHT in the eye, too.

Bird395-BlogHeck! they do everything but WAVE at the camera.

Never letting on that soon, oh-so-very soon, oh YES… it’s COMING.

The Blizzard of the Century…

Bird397-BlogWellllll.. this little guy was pretty darn cute, too!  😉

Bird399-BlogIf you live in the Northeast, hope you get thru’ the blizzard okay!

Thanks for visiting,

Sally