Monday, March 2, 2015

Blue Skies

Two robins, part of flock of approximately 20

I'd tell you the robins are back so it must be spring...except I don't think they ever left. I read an article recently that said many robins spend the winter in woodsy areas where they have discovered berries and other food to sustain them throughout the season. If we see them, they have probably run out of food. This flock was at the side of the road kicking up leaves and scratching in the dirt looking for something tasty. When these two saw me they decided to "hide" amongst some weeds.

 Dressed for the weather

This is definitely not shorts and sandals weather! The trick to enjoying winter - at least for me - is wearing warm clothes: mittens, boots, coat, layers, scarf, hat....

 Feeding gulls, Whitby

East Gwillimbury farm 


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55 comments:

eileeninmd said...

I think the robins are here year round too, great shot.. I love the barn and blue sky, pretty scene! Have a happy day!

Kate said...

All of your photos depict winter in a different way, and the season doesn't really look that bad as viewed through your lens.

Gill - That British Woman said...

it does look deceiving those photos, as it was bloody bitter cold still this weekend when you were out of the sun and in the wind.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

I'm listening and watching for the robins to return here ... none yet but I know they will be here soon.

llandudnopictures said...

The dog is taking no chances at all!

see you there! said...

The robins stand out so nicely against the snow. I'm not sure I could pile on enough clothes to want to go out in that weather. Brrrr.

Darla

Sandra said...

the first one is true bird ART so pretty.
the second I LOVE because it is a dog and because the owner cares. that dog is layered good for the weather.. love his long johns..

Debbie said...

i do believe the robins habits have changed. they always left the shore for winter and when i saw them again, i knew spring was not far behind. the last few years, i see them very early, as many as a 100 in the yard, often in february. then i don't see them for a week and then they are here again.

your image of them is beautiful and i adore the barn/farm!!!

William Kendall said...

Very pretty colours!

I don't seem to recall if robins would be inclined to go for suet or birdseed.

Michelle said...

Saw a Robin out eating during our last snow storm. They are such sweet birds.

Sharon Anck said...

I love those cute little robins all puffed up to protect against the cold. I hope they found some food.

Andy said...

Robins are a good sign that spring is closing in.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Still so much snow EG, when will it all stop :) Beautiful little robins.

Birdman said...

Thinking positive!

ladyfi said...

Cute shots - love that dressed up dog.

TexWisGirl said...

first time i've seen a dog dressed in slacks. :)

Linda W. said...

The dressed up dog made me laugh! Nice shot of the farm.

Ginny said...

I love your picture of the robins. I have never seen them puffed up this big! Your info is very interesting! It may explain why ours always come back way too early in the snow and ice. Maybe they have been in a nearby woods? Bloggers are a wealth of helpful info! Your barn in the snow is beautiful.

Knipsa Passtscho said...

Love the picture of the robins :)
And I love your beautiful blue sky, I don't have that around here...
Have a fine day and week
【ツ】Knipsa

Sylvia K said...

Always love your captures for the day! I know it is so cold, but at least your snowy world is SO beautiful! And the robins are delightful! Thanks, as always, for the wonderful views of your world! Hope you have a great new week!! Stay warm!!

Mary Hone said...

I've heard that about robins too. Funny how you never see them until spring though.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

The dog needs some booties to complete its ensemble.

orvokki said...

Like your winter photos.
Hugs

George said...

We have a robin that visits our feeders during the winter, so we're pretty sure he's a year-round resident. That being said, I'm still ready for Spring.

Karen S. said...

Well, I just know that spring is around the corner, although they say we're headed for a big dump of a lot of snow about rush time home tonight, and by morning's rush hour it'll really be brutal. But, spring is truly just around the corner!

VP said...

Your winter is much more spectacular and interesting than ours...

Rose said...

We don't have robins here at our house...but they stay at Sarah's. Also, have seen then out in the woods not far from here.

Definitely not shorts and sandal weather...

visualnorway said...

Your tactics seem to be sound, but don't forget that spring is just around the corner:-)

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

We have robins that overwinter here - and some that migrate. I love it when they begin singing their cheery spring song.

RedPat said...

My wanderings around the city are by foot so I haven't been out for long for weeks! Yesterday I was out for 2 hours and it felt great so let's hope those robins get a break soon and find lots to eat!

Margaret Adamson said...

I love the lighting in the first shot as well as the grasses hiding the robins.

José Mendonça said...

Love the top shot. And blue skies too! :-)

Amy at love made my home said...

I don't know about North American Robins, but English Robins stay put all winter long! We see them all year round here and they are not migrators. xx

cieldequimper said...

The robins are taking a sunbath!

Tahiti Daily Photo said...

Nice winter photos !

Chandra Eswaran said...

Hi Tina,
Happy Monday and your photos are chilly, but lovely :)
Particularly loved the dogo with winter gear on! Very thoughtful of the owner. I tried putting boots on Shaggy, back in Saint Louis, and he walked like a Clydesdale - no bueno :)

Have a Beautiful Day!
Peace :)

Karen said...

Wow, Robins!! No sign of them here.

Magia da Inês said...

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Geoff Wilkinson said...

Great bird picture, obviously the rest are lovely as well, you do seem to have an affinity with birds when it come to pictures.

retriever said...

Wonderfull winter landscapes,greeting from Mons in Belgium

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Janie said...

I didn't know robins would spend the winter that far north. I noticed that our redwing blackbirds have stayed around this winter. Maybe because the weather has been so mild.

Randy said...

Love the farm shot.

Stephanie said...

Wonderful photos!

Felicia said...

we have a large flock of robins here too and like you said I don't think they ever left.

Cloudia said...

you show winter's beauty



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Rick Watson said...

I haven't seen a robin around here since last spring. They don't stay here long from some reason....probably because it gets hotter than the hinges of hades in August :)

Pamela Gordon said...

I'd like to think that the robins are making their way back too but I've read of many sightings of them in NB all winter long. I've also heard that a few red winged blackbirds are being spotted the past few days. I can't imagine they'd return here yet as there is no ground showing anywhere in the NB or PEI or parts of NS yet. Beautiful photos. The barns are a nice shot.

Montanagirl said...

I've seen Robins in the middle of the winter here too. I don't think they ever go too far.

Marie said...

The gull-decorated fence and that beautiful barn are great! Interesting to learn that about the robins. I had no idea they are sticking around in some areas.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

That's one well-bundled Greyhound! (Yours, perhaps?) :-)

I noticed a robin desperately trying to latch onto our suet feeder yesterday, but he was too large, apparently. (The Starlings manage, however.)

Loved each one of your images - they do look cold, but you also have blue skies. (Something we've not seen much of this winter.)

Lindy

Andrea said...

You fully conveyed to us the cold. That last one looks so deserted, but it is so beautiful.

Bethany Carson said...

Looks like that dog is well equipped for the weather. I bet the robins are hoping and praying spring comes soon though.

Donna said...

Robins stick around here too, but surely spring will be coming soon....

Laura said...

We too have a flock of robins that hangs around eating berries from the woods behind our home and in the bushes in our yard. It surprised me the first time I noticed them last winter, barely recognized them as robins as they ware quite a bit larger with their winter layers on.

Rambling Woods said...

I haven't seen a robin yet...how exciting... still snowy and cold here too... Michelle

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