Birds of a feather …

ROBIN HEAD ON

… flock together.

It was crowded on the perimeter path at Council Point Park this morning, despite my earlier-than-usual arrival to beat the heat.  Yes “beat the heat” … you read that correctly.  It was already 62 degrees when I left the house, and 71 degrees by the time I returned home.  This sudden Summerfest is just incredible, since three days ago I was wearing woolens.  Today, as the walkers flocked down to the walking path at Council Point Park, we were dressed similarly in tee-shirts and capris or shorts.

Although there were many walkers pounding that asphalt trail, it was fairly quiet as each one was lost in thought, merely mouthing “hello” or “good morning” when we passed one another like two ships in the night.

It was peaceful, that is, except for a few fractious geese that were honking their heads off every so often.  It was so quiet I could hear the squirrels enjoying their peanuts, that cracking noise as they crunched into the shell.  Yup, that quiet.

I want to write about the robin at the Park today.  He was hopping on the grass near the walking trail, as he studied the ground for grubs and/or worms.  He picked up the occasional piece of grass or twig, discarding it when he realized it had no nutritional value.

.ROBIN EATING GRUB

This robin redbreast continued stabbing the ground but came up empty.  The ground was dry, and likely, despite two days of hot weather, still cold from our chilly Spring.  With no worms or grubs to be found, he looked up and saw me watching him.  I said “after all this rain, you’ll have worms galore.”  All I got was a scowl for my sympathy.

ROBIN IS PERPLEXED.jpg

Perhaps he was hungry and he knew I couldn’t accommodate him – robins don’t “do” peanuts, so I didn’t toss out any.

The tee-shirts and shorts have emerged from the depths of bureau drawers where we packed them away long ago for this imposter Summer, and also brought a welcome sight, my first cabbage white butterfly which flitted around my front yard as I was walking up the driveway.  It danced around the dandelions which cropped up overnight.

This post is short and sweet as we have stormy weather which just erupted, the result of too hot, too soon temps.  More rain and storms are destined in the next 48 hours.  Though I’ve whined about the Winter, then chilly Spring … this hot weather is not to my liking either, so perhaps I’m just a malcontent?!

About lindasschaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, and this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for over three decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, although I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too.
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23 Responses to Birds of a feather …

  1. I love your beautiful detailed description of everyday sights that many do not see. Lovely ❤

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Thank you so much for saying that – I like to write my walks like that, so others feel like they tagged along with me. And you, too, will see what I see from those descriptions. The walk in the morning with the songbirds and woodpecker pecking holes in the tree, squirrels crunching peanuts … it just makes my day with its calming effect. I come home and start my job a few hours later. I work from home so that makes the daily walk possible. Your post today was very insightful – it makes one think. It is raining hard now and starting to storm, a weather event I can do without. The heat brought severe storms and writing the post at least distracted me from it somewhat. Take care.

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  2. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda………………………..those are some awesome Robin close-up pictures you took………………………I’m enjoying them…………………….

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Ann Marie – he posed for me for about five minutes … didn’t move a muscle after deciding there was nothing there to eat. I think he’ll find some worms there after last night’s soaking rain and for sure after today’s multiple rains. Glad you like the pictures.

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  3. John says:

    Such a beautiful bird.😊 I love robins and this is not like “ours” we have here, the European robin, in Swedish called Rödhake, which means red chin, but it´s more yellow then red. 😁

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I remember you said you liked robins when I did the post about the robin’s nest/eggs … I didn’t know there were different types of robins, so I just learned something. They are not so skittish as the other birds in the Park who, if they go to ground level, will make a hasty retreat.

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  4. Rebecca says:

    I enjoy watching the robins find worms in our backyard. They cock their heads and seem to hop to just the right spot to snatch them. Our ground is so wet right now that worms seem to be very easy to find.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      I like watching the birds and their antics. We have had lots of rain as well and it’s still not over. Do you ever go out after a huge Summer rain and worms are slithering everywhere and a robin is tugging a big worm out of the ground or wrestling with a long worm on the sidewalk? They are funny to watch. I see birds bathing in big puddles in the street or in people’s gutters after a big rain.

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  5. I’m so glad that we finally got rain! I’m as happy as the robins! 🙂

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  6. Your post reminded me of the song Rockin Robin:

    He rocks in the tree tops all day long
    Hoppin’ and a-boppin’ and singing his song
    All the little birdies on Jaybird Street
    Love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet

    It’s a fun song to jitterbug to.

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    • lindasschaub says:

      Ha ha – I remember that song too. I think there is an older version of that song, but I remember Michael Jackson singing it before his voice changed. That brings back memories. My original post title was going to be “When the Red, Red Robin goes bob, bob bobbin’ along” but I didn’t use it because it would have been too long and I figured I’d REALLY be dating myself by using it. I can remember my mom singing that song when we’d see the first robin of the year.

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      • I had forgotten about the Michael Jackson version (I, of course, am dating myself by referring to the original version 🙂 ).

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      • lindasschaub says:

        Well I remember hearing the original version too and the Al Jolson version of “Red Red Robin” … I date myself a lot in my blogs and think some people don’t know what I’m talking about so I’ll include a link to a song or book, etc. so they don’t think I made it up. 🙂

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  7. Robins listen to hear worms moving! They must have very good hearing! How all the noise around them doesn’t affect them is beyond me!

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  8. Ellie P. says:

    Lovely robin! Just noticed spindly their legs are, compared to their plump body! Maybe the body is mostly… air?? Lol!

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