Thursday, February 10, 2011

Harbringers of Spring


This group of robins found the top of a vehicle on South State Street in South Whitley of interest Saturday, February 5. The birds seem to have arrived extremely early and in not quite ideal conditions as snow continues to fall and accumulate in the Whitko area. Robins often move ahead of warm fronts, arriving just before or along with rainy weather. This means they arrive right when earthworms must emerge from their tunnels or drown, according to information found at www.learner.org/jnorth/search/RobinNotes. This group of males will be joined by females within the next couple of weeks. Robins stay as far north in the winter as berries can be found. They travel, when migrating, about 100 miles per day. Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, predicted an early spring. So, maybe, along with the arrival of robins, we can anticipate a gradual warming and storing the snow shovels and winter gear away soon.
(Tribune-News photo by TRSmith)

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