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Saturday, May 16, 2009
Spring has arrived!
When Spring arrives, our friends "the Robins" also arrive at the backyards. Every morning before going to work, I make sure that I go to my backyard or if I am short of time that I look through my kitchen window, where I often see them tugging earthworms out of the ground. Although robins are considered harbingers of spring, many Robins spend the whole winter in their breeding range. But because they spend more time roosting in trees and less time in the yard, we are much less likely to see them. The number of robins present in the northern parts of the range varies each year with the local conditions. Robins eat different types of food depending on the time of day: more earthworms in the morning and more fruit later in the day. Because the robin forages largely on lawns, it is vulnerable to pesticide poisoning and can be an important indicator of chemical pollution. Robins are popular birds for their warm orange breast, cheery song, and early appearance at the end of winter. I love these small animals that bring so much life to our backyards and I often worry when I don't see them in the morning before going to work. Sharing the same feelings is our cat Pimpao, that loves to chase them around, more like a game than anything else, although we can see his hunting instincts at work.
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