I wish I could say I've been off to some exotic locale and that's the reason the blog hasn't been updated this past week but alas, that's what it would be...only a wish. My days have instead been spent right here in my comfy abode wishing, like everyone else, that winter would loosen its grip and these unseasonably cold temperatures would give way to Spring. That too is a wish yet to be fulfilled.
There is, however, hope. I know that because I saw the first robins in the yard on Friday morning. There weren't many and they didn't stay long but they were there, making their funny little run-stop-run trek across the grass looking for breakfast.
They're late this year but then so is warm weather. Sometimes I've seen them as early as the end of December but not this year. They're smart; it's been too cold. I knew I'd see them soon because I've been hearing their distinct chirp now and then as I went through the neighborhood on my walk. Heard but not seen until today. I saw them again Saturday afternoon but it was still the same small band of birds. Hopefully they'll be sending the word back to the rest of the flock that it's time to move north and the yard will be flooded with them, at least temporarily.
Robins weren't the only feathered friends I saw on Friday morning. I saw turkeys too. Four of them wandered across the fairway down by the green and spent twenty minutes or more dining on whatever it is that turkeys have for breakfast. The temps were down near freezing so the golfers were waiting for things to warm up, leaving the golf course to the turkeys. One could argue that even when golfers are on the course it's filled with turkeys but I won't go there. We haven't seen any of these big birds in some time and were afraid clear-cutting the pine trees just beyond the fairway had driven them away. Apparently not...hurray for that.
Robins. Turkeys. I guess you could say everybody's heard about the bird. And if that phrase and the title of this post sparked the memory of a melody in your mind, you can relive 1963 again in this video. You won't have to think too hard; I've already given you all the lyrics.