Yesterday as we were truly beginning to appreciate the results of Blizzard Nemo, I was gazing out our bay window looking at a world that was mostly devoid of bright color, and then I saw them - robins. I first noticed their bright orange breasts and then I notice their motion. Robins were everywhere flying frenetically in, out and about our neighbor's 25-foot holly tree. What was the attraction? The bright red berries on the holly tree.
I always thought birds migrated south in the winter but apparently that's not always true. Robins in particular will stick around if there's food. As their usual food supply - earthworms and insects - is not available in cold weather, robins will eat fruit throughout the winter and this holly tree was laden yesterday with not only snow and ice but thousands of bright red berries - a feast for any robin or scores of them.
I was mesmorized by these creatures yesterday and couldn't stop watching them dart to and fro - thrilled with this cornucopia of food.
Photos and Slide Show ©2013 Claudia Danforth Ward
Music: Going Hunting by George Fenton - Soundtrack "Dangerous Liaisons"
UPDATE: Within 24 hours of the end of Bizzard Nemo and my sighting of the robins next door, the holly tree has been picked clean of its bright red berries and the robins have moved on. Wow!