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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Bird report

This morning when I was leaving the house, I noticed two Robins in the front yard. They probably arrived a long time before today. They may have even been here all winter. But, today I noticed them.

Also noticed about four blocks from my house this morning was a very large crow. It was in a long, low take-off, and had something beige in its beak. This is only remarkable because there were no crows around here last year. As a matter of fact, I don't recall seeing any crows in this part of town since the crow convention two years ago.

I'm wondering why I felt the need to capitalize Robin, but not crow. Could it be because Robin is a name? Of course, crow can be a name, too.

Well, that concludes this bird report.

Posted by Marie at March 12, 2008 9:19 PM


Haven't seen any robins yet (then again, Springfield is further south than Joliet) but the juncos have departed for the Arctic and the other day I saw my first goldfinch (plumage is still beige for now), so it looks like spring is finally coming.

Posted by: Pete at March 13, 2008 8:56 AM

I wouldn't know a junco if I saw one. I'm going to try to make a better effort this year to learn the types of birds around here. Maybe try and get some pictures.

Posted by: Marie at March 13, 2008 11:26 PM

Bird reports are always welcome. Crows are one of my favorites.

Posted by: Kem White Author Profile Page at March 14, 2008 11:55 AM

Alas, I spoke too soon - I saw some juncos this morning. They're the same size and shape as sparrows, with black-brown feathers and stark white bellies. I'm sure you've seen them - they're Arctic birds that winter here. But I'm sure they'll be heading north soon.

My daughter saw our first robin yesterday - yay!

Posted by: Pete at March 15, 2008 11:49 AM