Robins Reach the End of the Trail!
May 15, 2013
Ade' Journey North Students!
We are happy to tell you that our Gonandadoy (American Robins) are finally here! According to our local averaged data, they are over 2 weeks overdue! Hearing our first Robins of the spring can be tricky. Pine Grosbeaks have a similar lilting song. A territorial Robin, however, is very distinctive, and that's what I heard loud and clear this morning. The robin was singing, "I am here now! I own this area!" Our school is higher on a little hill and standing on the front steps you can hear them clearly from different locations. I heard several voices, actually from different areas around our village.
The songs of migratory geese, swans, cranes, a few sparrows and even some swallows have been filling the morning quiet for over a week now. We were more surprised that the swallows came. There are a few flying insects around, but not too many. I always tell my students that it seems like the day after you see your first mosquito, you'll see your first Swallow. I see it is so, again, this year. That's not a very scientific theory but it sure seems true to us.
It's been an interesting spring! We are happy to have the Robins back. I hope you all have a wonderful summer! Now, more melting, please!