Hopeful harbinger

We’re about halfway through another winter storm, though nothing as serious as what our eastern states have recently been through. It started around midnight last night and so far some four inches have fallen. None of that nice, fluffy stuff though—this snow is thick, sticky, and very heavy, and we’re supposed to get another three inches or so later today and another inch tomorrow.  Before dawn, as I started the first shoveling, there were even two lightning flashes.  An hour or so ago,, as I was looking out one of our back windows, a robin came to drink from the birdbath that we keep full and heated during the winter.  Robin in snow 748This causes us some concern, as robins usually have all migrated south by now and normally don’t reappear until spring is well on the way.  Something unusual is going on, as we have also seen starlings and a mourning dove in the past week.  I hope these are not further signs of the alarming degree to which we have managed to upset the weather.

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13 Responses to Hopeful harbinger

  1. A splash of colour in the grey surroundings

  2. Winnie Hurd says:

    It’s alarming to see a robin in snow just past of January! But the photo is lovely.

  3. krikitarts says:

    Rather alarming for sure. Is he looking for wormsicles? Obviously, they eat other things, and I hope he finds the suet we’ve made available. The photo was just a grab shot out the window, but I’m happy that you liked it!

  4. In several of the last five years here in Austin I’ve observed a few fall-flowering species that kept right on flowering to some extent through the winter. Whether that was occasionally the case years ago as well, I don’t know.

    • krikitarts says:

      But not every year? That sounds a bit ominous, too. I’m afraid we’re on the road to some irreversible and major, albeit gradual, changes. I hope enough people with some useful authority take note.

      • In a few cases I have photos, but I didn’t keep systematic records of plants and when they flowered “out of season,” so my impressions are mostly anecdotal. Some recent winters have been mild, and naturally those were the ones in which I noticed the continuation of fall plants.

  5. I’d like to take seeing a robin as a sign of impending spring, but here in the southern northeast we do have a small population of robins that overwinter. I am hoping the lack of a vanguard means they know something about the weather yet to come. 2″ of snow is not good for us despite the enjoyment some folks are getting from our ridiculously warm winter. 55° this morning at 4 a.m.

    • krikitarts says:

      If one takes the um, word, of Punxsutawney Phil, as prophetical, it could well be an early spring. I, for one, would surely welcome that! I just did a quick search of my crocus photos for the past 12 years, and the earliest they appeared was March 5, 2012, followed by March 7, 2013. If that happens again this year, it would be only a month away–now, there’s grounds for hope!

  6. Adrian Lewis says:

    Beautiful image, Gary. A :)

  7. krikitarts says:

    I’m glad that you like it, Adrian; and thanks for letting me know.

  8. cindy knoke says:

    Yes, I have orioles back at The Holler two months before they should arrive. I think the birds are confused about the changing weather patterns. We are going into our second week with temperatures over 80F and no rain in sight. It is very kind of you to heat the birdbath and maybe the Robin felt you were more reliable than the weather. I suspect that is what The Holler hummers think.

    • krikitarts says:

      I may be more reliable than the weather? Wow, there’s a life-long wish fulfilled! Yes, I am very concerned about the weather changes that our government policies have instigated. I retain some hope that some of them may yet be reversible.

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