Tuesday, April 03, 2007

disapproving robins


"I knew we should have stayed in Florida another week or two!"

We've had close to a foot of snow here in the last 24 hours. I know. Dreadful. The roads are the worst; a little slush on top, combined with those jerks who would tailgate me when I am doing my best to drive safely.

These robins were just a small part of the many birds at the feeder today; dark eyed juncos were the most abundant, also fox sparrows, house finches, cardinals, and an occasional red bellied woodpecker. This is April in Minnesota!

11 comments:

clairesgarden said...

they look like they're fluffing their feathers up against the cold, brr. it seems warm here but there can be cold snaps at any time for the next two months.

LauraHinNJ said...

Oh the disapproval is spreading!

Manerva said...

Atleast your robins will come to the feeder. I feel so bad for ours, as they are trying to pull worms yet. We only have a dusting but it's damn cold out.

Adele said...

Just north of Two Harbors we got about 16 inches. Had to clear our deck to fill the feeders as we were hosting a large flock of juncos, our usual chickadees and nuthatches, the group of finches that have been around most of the winter. For a big surprise we had at least a dozen goldfinches and about the same number of purple finches and one lone red-winged blackbird. Lots of pictures. They are back this morning for breakfast and I threw more seed out.

We've seen several gaggles of Canada geese go over in the last week. I'd love to see the swans, but think we are a bit east for them.

I really enjoy your blog and how much you appreciate all the beauties of the outdoors. Thanks

momadness said...

Oh gosh, maybe the juncos wish they'd stayed in kansas city a little longer! While it's cooled down here from recent days, it still is a bit nicer than what you got!

Deb said...

clairesgarden- That sounds a lot like spring here!

LauraHinNJ- Oh yes, what will we have next? I would hate to even think of disapproving chickadees!

manerva- The poor things are hanging around a little patch of grass on the south side of the office. I feel like going to the bait store and getting them a treat, although I don't think they have too many night crawlers this time of year.

Adele- Thank you so much! It's interesting to see that the juncos are actually getting up on the feeder to eat; I hardly ever see that.

momadness- It's been amazing to see the big flocks of them by the feeders.

Floridacracker said...

Hey, my comment vanished!
Snow and robins. Must be spring in Minnesotarctica.

Deb said...

FC- Ain't Blogger wonderful! I'm mentally composing a post about all the weirdnesses of a Minnesotarctican spring. For one, it's supposed to get down to 5 degrees tonight.

Cathy said...

Could you tell what seeds the Robins were eating? I've wondered what to put out when the weather turns foul. Seem like I've not been able to draw them in - the poor dears.

Larry said...

-Worse part of driving in the snow is overly aggressive drivers.-

Deb said...

cathy- There were only black oil sunflower seeds there, and I have NEVER seen robins congregate and eat them like they appeared to be doing. They like worms and insects, and old berries if there's nothing else.

larry- I totally agree. Even though I live in an area that's not too high traffic, I had some pretty stressful moments when people who thought they could drive faster than I was insisted on driving an unsafe distance from my rear bumper.