My Farm Stories forum: A rumour of robins

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ImageKathleen
Mar 11, 2010 11:05 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
The UPS guy brought me a package yesterday and said he had seen robins between Bear Lake PA and Niobe NY on his way to my place. I said, "That's hopeful." This morning, there are robins in my back yard, running their funny laps in the open area under the evergreen copse in the backyard. They burst into flight when they come to the snow that still surrounds their little oasis of mud and newly released grass, landing in the wet gravel of the drive.

We have had more than a week of sunny days. It didn't really get above freezing for the first half, but stayed warm overnight last night. There is rain coming tomorrow and through the weekend, followed by the possibility of a bit of snow, with yet moderating temperatures. We are in sugaring season and mud season. It is a time of year when one day seems most springlike and the next full blown winter. The temperatures are on a yo-yo ride from freezing to fifty and the sun makes grand appearances followed by mixed precipitation blown by stiff winds. Transitions are always fraught with extremes.
ImageDorothy
Mar 12, 2010 6:24 AM CST
Name: Dorothy
ADK mountains
And what do the robins do when full blown winter hits again?

I've seen them here for almost three weeks. Two weeks ago we were hit with 2 1/2 feet of snow. I wondered what they would do.

Since then we've had considerable melt, mud, and temps reliably in the 40's during the day. Next week will stay above freezing almost every night, with highs up to 50.

It's great as far as I'm concerned. Not sure how it will affect sugaring.
ImageKathleen
Mar 13, 2010 9:34 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
Here, they hunker down under the trees and gripe. We are at about 1/2 clear. The drifts are still very evident and the plow piles, but it is melting. Rain and wind today.

Sugaring is in progress. If we go back to below freezing at night, the warm daylight temps won't hurt it too badly, but it really looks like it may be short here.
porkpal
Mar 13, 2010 1:30 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
"- and what will poor robin do then?
He'll go in the barn
To keep himself warm
And tuck his head under his wing."

Or something like that.
Porkpal
ImageDorothy
Jul 10, 2010 5:04 AM CST
Name: Dorothy
ADK mountains
Isn't it lovely to look back on our gripes about winter when we've had a week of 90's????

LOL. Thick fog here, but cooler. I'm pretending I'm at the shore while having my coffee....that's the nice thing about thick fog, you can pretend to be anywhere!!
ImageKathleen
Jul 10, 2010 6:13 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
sounds lovely. I miss the shore - we used to go regularly when I was a kid. My grandmother had a house near Cape May. We took our kids a couple of times, and to Long Island a couple of times, but it has been years. I guess I could pretend that I'm drinking my tea just out of sight from the shore.

It is sunny and breezy and cool here.
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porkpal
Jul 10, 2010 8:09 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
We've just had a week of badly needed rain and now the sun is out and it's steaming. Ice tea sounds appropriate.
Porkpal

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