Has Anyone Seen Robin?

open-water.jpgMy husband, who pays attention to these things, observed that the ice went out on the river on Tuesday, and said that the geese came back into town last Friday.

I’m keeping my eyes open for the first robin (the traditional Minnesota herald of spring). Anybody seen one yet? If so, please comment and tell us where and when! With more snow in the forecast, I need all the hope I can muster…


  1. Rob Hardy said:

    I saw several robins around Sibley Marsh on Sunday morning.

    March 20, 2008
  2. William Siemers said:

    One sighting in hidden valley last week. Quite a big fellow.

    March 20, 2008
  3. Christine Bernier said:

    No robin sighting. But Tom, the friendly downtown mailman, has been seen in shorts & that’s a sure sign of spring!

    March 20, 2008
  4. Ross Currier said:

    I thought it was Griff’s ” sex al fresco” post that was the sure sign of Spring.

    March 20, 2008
  5. Margit Johnson said:

    Clouds of chattering robins near Sibley Marsh on Wednesday morning, March 19.

    March 20, 2008
  6. Mary Schier said:

    I saw a great big one sitting in the tree outside of my kitchen window last night. The bird looked a little chilly as the wind was blowing pretty hard.

    March 20, 2008
  7. Jerry Bilek said:

    Hard to believe, but we spotted a few in Feb.

    March 20, 2008
  8. I’ve been seeing robins the past few weeks. I think the first I saw were on about March 3 on the south edge of town (I was out perusing the Southbridge site where the HRA is planning a housing development.)

    Yesterday I was treated to the sight of an Eastern Bluebird while out enjoying a bike ride before the Big Snow. See http://www.sustainablecommunitysolutions.com/index.php/2008/03/21/celebrating-spring/ for a few related musings. The robins and bluebirds are probably cursing their decision to heard north just about now…

    March 21, 2008
  9. I’d heard reports of other sightings, but I saw my first today on the driveway in front of the high school.

    March 21, 2008
  10. Tracy Davis said:

    I need to get out more. I STILL haven’t seen one, and I’ve been looking. Has anyone seen a robin north of Woodley?!!

    March 21, 2008
  11. Robbie Wigley said:

    My bird book says we are really really close to the area that Robins winter over and don’t migrate. Those February birds could have strayed over the line.

    I have seen a Coot and a Merganser hanging out with the Mallards on the little slough behind our townhouse.

    March 21, 2008
  12. Just saw my first Robin at 2:07 pm. She, I think, looked fragrant, I think,
    and quite big and strapping. I reached for my camera bag, unzipped it
    and off she went! I have not seen any robins around here in the winter,
    only the resident blue jays, cardinals, sparrows and other tiny ones.

    Spring, spring, spring! Come and dance with me!

    March 22, 2008
  13. Tracy Davis said:

    I’m happy to report that I FINALLY saw my spring robins. There were four of them in a tree on 2nd street, chirping away. Thank you all for encouraging me!

    March 24, 2008
  14. John George said:

    Karen and I saw several robins back in February. Of course, it was in Florida, but, hey, it was in February!

    March 25, 2008
  15. We have had lots of robins in our yard for about five weeks. Robins and cedar waxwings have stripped the crabapples from our trees during that time. I don’t know if it is because we live south of town or not, but it has been nice having so many of them here.

    March 26, 2008
  16. I have just heard that there are robins who winter over and some who do not.
    This from Minnesota Bound TV show, in an interview a naturalist whose name I missed.

    March 29, 2008
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