This weekend’s rain has been a bonanza for the neighborhood robins. And there are lots of them.
Just before nightfall I counted six on my neighbor’s lawn and four on mine. Earthworms and night crawlers were out on the surface of the lawn to take advantage of the rain to quickly move to new spots. Unfortunately for some of them they ran into hungry robins.
With the “arrival” of spring (not quite!) the bird book entries have started to grow. 2-16-14 1:29 pm – first robin of spring spotted on the mimosa tree. 3-15-14 8:30 am – first birdsong in the morning.
Out here on the North Fork of Long Island, the arrival of spring is not heralded by robins, but ospreys. The ospreys have returned.
Called “fish eagle,” “sea hawk,” and “fish hawk” they are fun to watch in their nests or out fishing. Some of the ospreys in this area have been banded and tracked to winter homes in South America. One of them, “North Fork Bob” spends his winters in Venezuela, with 2-3 weeks each way in transit. An area ornithologist, Bob Bierregaard, maintain this website – ospreytrax.com.
Favorite bird or birding place?