Robins Patiently Wait For a Possible Spring

FTLComm - Tisdale - Friday, April 26, 2002
This morning, a few minutes after eight, I set out to capture an image or two for today's story. Only a little more than a block from home I stopped the bicycle and listened to the enthusiasm that the birds were expressing for the bright sunlight and the promise that perhaps the temperature would creep above freezing.

The wind this morning seemed to be blustering from the South but with -1ºC it was not the sort of thing one would expect for the last week of April.

Robins were everywhere, jumping all over snow covered lawns and fluttering around in the trees as they are no doubt working on nests for this season and if not, definitely very heavily into courtship. You really have to admire these little guys, they have made it home after a long winter South and its time for them to set up house and get this year's family on the way.

Yesterday, I asked a farmer what his situation was and he said, everything's ready, just need that soil to warm up so planting can begin. Many years, seeding would be at least half done but he was surprised to point out that they are already seeding down in the Southwestern portion of the province. The cold weather has certainly made seeding and the greening of the countryside seem like some remote idea.

The rainfall and snow early in the week gave the ground a sip and with only modest above freezing temperatures the grass would quickly turn from the brown of late summer to a fresh hue of green.

I rolled on to main street and headed on into today's wind and as I dismounted at the post office a red convertible pulled up and parked. I mentioned to the driver that perhaps owners of convertibles should look into getting "top down" insurance. My thinking is that since there are only so many possible days a year that you can actual put the top down on a convertible, you should be able to insure your investment. Certainly actuary types could work out a reasonable expected rate for the area a person lives in and could set up a policy.

I peddled back down main street now with the wind behind me and coasted two blocks. I headed off toward St. Theresa park to see how it was handling the coming of a possible spring and with the trees still nude, the ice on the doghide glistened in the morning sunlight, it was a perfect picture. (You have already notice there is no such picture here! Exactly! Alkaline batteries and -1 means that there is only so much time before they refuse to respond and not only were those in the camera unresponsive the back up set in my pocket were just as cold.)

Nice thing about being a Robin, no digital camera to keep in batteries and no computer to crash. In fact, Robins have a fairly good life, on a warm day.

To hear the great Al Jolson sing his praises to this great little bird click on the arrow to play.