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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Robins: A harbinger of spring?

Spring 2021 sprung in the area where I live a  few hours ago (5:37 A.M. EDT.).

In many areas, the bird type known as a robin is thought to be a harbinger of spring as the one in pictures atop this entry might indicate (they were taken in my garden a few days ago). But I don't see robins being a sign of spring in my place, for they spend time here year round.

According to a web-page, robins symbolize many things in addition to the onset of spring. This source suggests seeing a robin can mean the following: 

"Robins appear when loved ones are near; A robin tapping on the window of a house can indicate an illness or death; Seeing a robin close by denotes good luck is on its way; Robins feeding in your garden means important news is on its way;If a robin flies into your house through an open window, a death will soon happen; The significance of seeing a robin fight another robin indicates a new phase of life."

I don't know what evidence any of these superstitions re having a robin visit are based on, but, what I do know is this: They visit when blueberries are near (even in the winter as seen in the next images).

When I can, I share my fruit with them.

While  I don't know much related to superstitions when it comes to this bird type, I do know other facts about them which are included along with a number of photo-ops within volume three of my book series within my book series, Words In Our Beak.

This bird type is referenced in all the books and have their own chapter in volume three.

This is a photo of my three volume book series, "Words In Our Beak." Information re the books is another one of my blog  posts @

The goal of these books is to open readers to a simple understanding of the winged world and their environment. Set in a rooftop urban garden (mine) in New York City, my story is told in the voice of Cam, a female cardinal, who visits it. Words In Our Beak is directed to children and adults who are curious about birds, and want to learn about them from a unique perspective. 

The books make a perfect gift for someone who may be in quarantine or lockdown due to consequences of the coronavirus because the stories in them can bring the outdoors into the homes of those who cannot go out and about.

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