On the way to the office today –yes, I worked yesterday and today– I spotted a great blue heron flying high overhead; the first heron I've seen this year. I also saw several male robins chasing each other around as they define their territories. One pair of robins nearly met their end as they eyed each other and hopped bit by bit, ever farther out into the road ahead of me! They seemed completely oblivious to the oncoming metal Bringer of Doom descending upon them. Or they may have been robins playing "chicken." This time of year many robins die on the roads as they get involved in their aerial territorial disputes that take them across roads and highways. I'm happy I didn't thin out their gene pool this morning!
Ah, I have never seen the robins taking their territorial disputes out onto the road. I have seen some very fat robins in the spring and I always wonder if they are the females about to lay eggs.
Usually I've only seen the males in pursuit of each other across busy roads. They regularly get smacked into cars and trucks that way this time of year. The two I saw today, however, were on foot… darndest thing, too! They paid attention only to each other as they hopped out into traffic. Glad I missed 'em but I don't know how they fared later! Fat robins or just puffed up against the cold? I don't think the girls gain much weight when developing eggs. Ah, the wonders of spring, eh? — JG
Yes, I love to hear the birds begin to sing again and to see the Robins return!
Last year I had Robins fly into the side of my car… TWICE! They may be pretty and have nice singing voices, but they aren't exactly smart. I always feel bad when I hit a bird, even when it's their fault. *Sad face*