Thursday, April 5, 2012

Into The Fray Once More

I sat here struggling over the title of this post and after much thought I’ve left it because that’s how it feels.

On Monday I saw my first Robin of the year! It was sitting on the same branch it sat on last year when I first saw it. It’s recognizable voice was heard across the miles as I excitably called my brother and chirruped “there’s the first Robin of the year!”, and right on cue it whistled once more for my brother. “I hear it!” he told me and I could tell by the sound of his voice that he was smiling too.

“You know what this means don’t you?” I asked him shaking my head. “We’re going to have another huge snowstorm in the next couple of days”.

And it never fails.

The Robins appear and the temperature usually drops substantially by about 10 degrees and the snow starts and doesn’t stop. I always worry that the Robins will freeze or go very hungry. I could be wrong though. Maybe worms make good popsicles but I’m going to give trying that a pass. How do you find worms under 5 inches of snow? Besides, the ground is still frozen and I doubt the Robin’s little beaks could dig down through it to find a worm straying from it’s hole.

The snow started yesterday afternoon and it is scheduled (that cracks me up) to stop snowing sometime this afternoon. At present I see only a flake or two floating around but that will change. In a little while I’ll glance out the windows again and there will be nothing but a wall of white and little Robins huddled in front of tiny fires – their wings flapping to keep it going.

So yes, here we go again – into the fray

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These pictures were taken at 7:30am. They are not black and whites – I just used the ‘Early morning Alberta, Canada’ theme on my camera.

Give it another hour and this is what it looks like -

 

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7 comments:

FlowerLady said...

Good to read your post. Glad you saw and heard the first robin, but sorry to see more snow dumped on you.

Hope you will be experiencing spring soon.

Have a great weekend and a lovely Easter ~ FlowerLady

Leatherdykeuk said...

Oh dear dog! We had snow yesterday but it's gone again today.

Akelamalu said...

When it snows there, it really SNOWS!

Maggie May said...

Snow in April...... not good. Though it looks pretty, I don't want it. Last week was Summer. Where has it gone?
Maggie X

Nuts in May

ADDY said...

Hi Aims. Good to hear from you again. For the last two weeks Britain has been basking in glorious blue skies and warm warm weather from Scotland all the way down to the South coast, but in the last day or so the snow has returned with icy winds. I know it is nowhere near as bad as it is with you, so I send my sympathy. By April you are just longing for summer.

Daryl Edelstein said...

so thats where all our snow ended up ... its okay, you can keep it .. ;)

hoppy easter .. xox

Kent Julian said...

Thanks for sharing this post Aims! While reading your post, I can't help but sympathize with you about the robins getting hungry or getting difficulties finding food on frozen ground. This is time they're again put to another natural survival test. On the other hand, we don't need to fret much about them because they are very clever creatures and they adapt quickly to survive. Thanks again for sharing and keep on posting Aims! :)