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A Rascally Robin

A Rascally Robin

One of my most favorite and anticipated signs of spring is the return of the red-breasted robins.

Robins are one of the first signs of spring, and a symbol of renewal and new beginnings after the winter.  How welcome is their cheery song as they sing from the housetop.

Some facts about robins-

Robins are named after the European robin because of the similarities of their red breasts, but are not closely related.

Robins are members of the thrush family.  They are very abundant in North America.

Robins are migratory song birds, spending their winters in the south (Florida and Mexico), and summers in the north.  They arrive in the north in February and March, while there is still snow on the ground, and leave for their winter home by the end of August.  Occasionally, a singular robin will over winter in the north.

Robins are very active during the day, and are one of the first birds to sing at dawn.  They also sing before and after storms.

Robins are one of the earliest song birds to mate and lay eggs.  They like open farmland, woodlands and urban areas, and are very comfortable living around people.

Robins eat earthworms, grubs, beetles, grasshoppers and caterpillars, with worms being their favorite.  They hop through the grass searching for worms by sight and by sound.  As soon as they spot a worm, they pounce and pull it up.  A very familiar sight in the spring, and so fun to watch.  They do not eat seeds, at least while they are in the north, so setting out a bird feeder will not draw them to your yard.

Robins can raise 2 or 3 clutches of eggs a summer, building their nests in the forks of tree branches, or open ledges.  The eggs are the familiar ‘robins egg blue’.  The newly hatched baby birds are voracious eaters and keep both the mother and father robins very busy all day long searching for and bringing back worms for hungry family.

 

Robins, being members of the thrush family, are very territorial and strong defenders of their breeding areas.  And this brings us to the ‘rascally robin’ part.

Husband has a truck he is selling and had it parked in the yard so he could work on detailing it.  This is what we would find every morning….

one side mirror, and….

the other side mirror.

The back window class is tinted and reflective, so this is what the bed of the truck looked like.

What a mess!  This male robin could see himself in the mirrors and the glass, and spent hours attacking the ‘robin’ that he saw in the glass-himself.  Any car that was parked in the yard suffered the same fate.  Quite the mess to clean up and no more parking in the yard during the robin mating season!

By the way, this very nice truck cleaned up very nicely and is still for sale!

2001 Ford F150,

Laredo 4 wheel drive

53,000 miles

Looks and runs great if you are interested!

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Have you ever had a problem with a rascally robin?

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Psalm 19:1

The heaven declare the glory of God;

the firmament shewth his handy-work.

 

 

 

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The Worm Moon

The moon is full on this first day of March.

This full moon is known as the Full Worm Moon.

Traditionally, the three coldest months of the year are December, January and February, and are considered the ‘winter’ months.  March is the beginning of the spring months, though the calendar would tell us that Spring doesn’t officially start until March 21.  With its unpredictable weather, March can allure to Spring, but also let us know that winter is not done with us yet.

But, the unmistakable signs of Spring are here:  the temperatures are slowly but surely warming, the ground is thawing, (also known as Mud Season around here!) and with the thawing comes the emerging of the earthworms, thus the name of this full moon.  And, as sure as one season following another, the emerging of the earthworms brings the arrival of the the red-breasted robins.  What a happy sight and sound the robins are!

There is the smell of skunk in the air as they emerge and begin mating.  And the geese are honking high above as they return for the summer to raise their young.  Ahhh…. wonderful Spring!

This year is unusual in that there was no full moon in the month of February, but 2 full moons are in this month of March.

Now is also the time to go out at night and pull night crawlers.  You know…. in preparation for trout fishing?  What?!   You have never pulled night crawlers?  You are missing it!

 

The March wind roars,

Like a lion in the sky.

And makes us shiver

As he passes by.

When the winds are soft,

And the days are warm and clear,

Just like the gentle lamb,

Then spring is here.

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Back Again

Back to Blogging Again!

After a long absence from the blogging world, I am back.

The last blog post that you were able to see was in October.  That seems like a long time ago, and I have really missed blogging.  There was a major glitch at this blog site, involving regularly scheduled updates that caused it to crash, and there was only 1 person that could fix it and it wasn’t me. After struggling this whole time, I have decided that if I wanted to continue my blogging journey, I would need to start over again from the beginning.  So here I am, struggling my way through, by myself this time.  I have complete control of my blog now and do not have to depend on another to help me.

Now, this technical, computer stuff is a steep learning curve for this old lady, so bear with me as I learn and get things back online again.  There will be a whole new look for Margies Garden, and some changes along the way.

But, hopefully, we are back in business, and there will be many more blog posts coming your way again!

I have many things that I have been wanting to share-if no one reads, that is OK.  I still enjoy blogging, if just for myself!

So, welcome back to Margies Garden!

PS… I confess that I was not able to get everything back on line by myself-wonderful son Aaron came to my rescue!