Berries At Last

This will be short. I started writing it in between visits outside to shovel snow that just kept falling yesterday. it looked like at least 7 or 8 inches when I went out for the first round. By the time I was done another half inch had already fallen. I wound up shoveling three times total yesterday. The snow was heavier and wetter this time around. I went back out this morning and discovered the snow plows had come down the street last night, walling me in. I dug out my car and am thinking I will attempt a grocery round so I don’t have to do everything tomorrow. We might get some more snow, but it’s of the lake-effect variety and I am going in the opposite direction.

After waiting for what seemed like forever to see the berries on my hawthorn tree disappear, I managed to catch this robin feasting on some of what few were left last Saturday. Yesterday morning when I went out to the yard there were five robins in the same tree so they likely finished up the job.

Suffice it to say I was quite fascinated by the robin’s berry-fetching technique. I am sort of sorry I had a lot of branches loaded with berries trimmed off the tree back in November, but they were practically into my neighbor’s yard. I look forward to this year’s crop and anticipate waiting for February 2023 to see the berries disappear.

So I will go out now and do said grocery shopping while it seems safe. I get to park on my side of the street today which will make bringing the bags in easier. At least that’s my strategy. Stay safe and warm wherever you are.

9 thoughts on “Berries At Last

  1. Isn’t it great to see Robins in winter? The first I ever saw them was in January 2005 and they were massed around shrubs and trees eating berries. I was stunned to find out that Robins winter over here in MA. Your photos of them with berries are perfect. I hope your snows aren’t too disruptive to your routine. C’mon Spring

    • Thanks, Babsje! I have been running into small but persistent flocks of Robins all winter – and staring at the berries on my hawthorn wondering just when, if ever, they would get around to them. The photos are all of the one bird I saw in my yard at that moment, I suspect it’s “my” Robin. But I have never pushed the boundaries of our relationship by trying to figure out where he nests during the spring. 🙂

  2. Some nice pictures of the robin. Currently I am warm today down near Cape Canaveral National Seashore. Alas, the cold and ice are in the near future. Keep taking pictures and expressing your thoughts.

    • Nice to know you are warm. I was just thinking about likely complaining about the heat in a few months… Maybe you can bring some warmer weather back with you!

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