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Old 03-10-2014, 01:03 PM   #1
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YES - First Robin spotted - S.W. Michigan

The DW and I were have lunch at the kitchen table when we spoted a femail robbin in our Maple tree in the back yard. Springs on it's way folks start dusting off the RV for a spring outing soon.

Yes I know I'm an optimist, but hay every little sign helps.
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We have bluebonnets blooming in the flower beds by our front porch, on the south side of the house. They won't bloom for another two weeks at least in the open areas.
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There's an handful of robins that hang out in our area all winter. They just fluff up their feathers so they look about twice their size. Guess it keeps them warm. Seems they like the dried up crab apples & bradford pear fruits that cling to the trees over winter.

Now, when I seed a red-winged blackbird sitting on the fence, THEN it's Spring.


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Here in Janesville, Wi., we had a robin in the snow=covered yard, about a month ago. !!!??? What was he thinking >??? WE usually see the return of sand hill cranes by March 6th. If they come back, they will find our fields covered with snow, and the lakes/ponds all frozen. It has been one heck of a winter !!!!
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Also, the return of the buzzards to Hinckley is supposed to mean Spring is here.

The 15th is just 4 days away & it's supposed to snow here Wed. I'm not so sure they'll show up on time this year.

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Was finally able to wash and wax my vehicles Saturday and today. Raked up the yard today between snow mounds....Just a sweatshirt on...But I think there is another snow storm coming for Wed - Thur. for OH, MI, PA, NY and the New England states.
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Here in Janesville, Wi., we had a robin in the snow=covered yard, about a month ago. !!!??? What was he thinking >??? WE usually see the return of sand hill cranes by March 6th. If they come back, they will find our fields covered with snow, and the lakes/ponds all frozen. It has been one heck of a winter !!!!
I was outside walking the dog last night and heard a flock of Sandhill Cranes go overhead, flying north.
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Tomtall- keep your Robin friend over your way. S.E. Michigan is suppose to get another 4" tomorrow night.
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Looked out the window earlier today and saw a robin perched on a power line outside. Thought it was a mirage! Nice and warm today with snow finally melting off the roof of the motorhome parked outside. Forcast is for 2-5 inches of new snow on Wednesday, hope that's wrong!
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We've had robins here for weeks, even when the ground was frozen.

I don't know what it was pecking at unless it was frozen bugs.
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We have those blasted blackbirds all year long by the thousands and they are the bullies of the bird feeders. They can clean out a bird feeder in a few hours. Blackbirds, red winged blackbirds, grackles, cow birds, et al. They're a pest.

We have to use caged and weight restricted feeders.

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There's an handful of robins that hang out in our area all winter. They just fluff up their feathers so they look about twice their size. Guess it keeps them warm. Seems they like the dried up crab apples & bradford pear fruits that cling to the trees over winter.

Now, when I seed a red-winged blackbird sitting on the fence, THEN it's Spring.


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Robins are back in N Idaho
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We've had a couple of lost Robins here since 2/16. That's the earliest I've recorded their return. Today, saw a couple more in what little bit of grass that's been exposed from the melting snow. Currently 51*. Down to about 20" of snow on the deck.
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Rode our bikes yesterday and took a hike to Bedford Falls. It's kind of a off the path park called Viaduct Park that was a old mill site with dam, waterfall, mill race, tunnel all in one spot. It's located on the SW. corner of Bedford Ohio, which in itself is a suburb about 12 miles SSE. of Cleveland.

They have real good signage and displays on how the mill races provided power to the mills. The paved trail is only about 1/2 long, but gives you the opportunity to walk thru a mill race and see the 600' tunnel where the river (Tinkers Creek) now flows.

Here are some pictures off Flickr Viaduct Park
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