This past weekend, the air was filled with the songs of Robins and the whistles of Cedar Wax wings. Thousands of these birds ascended on the Austin area a few days ago. I don’t think it’s probably a coincidence that it coincided with the polar vortex up north. Humans dig in somewhere warm when it gets cold, birds can just fly somewhere warmer! My hiking accomplice and I also noticed alot of Cedar Waxwings… you often see them with Robins so perhaps they decided to ditch the cold up north and join their compatriots for a Texas vacation.
During a hike in the hill country on Sunday we found ourselves surrounded by hundreds of Robins. The song of the birds were so intense at times that I felt like we were in a rain forest. The birds were flitting from tree to tree and hopping on the ground looking for insects. We noticed that a few we looked at seemed very tired.
This happened a couple years ago as well, when there was a particularly cold spell of weather up north. A huge group of Robins headed in to Texas, and that time they all landed in my backyard! Well it seemed that way… see the photo below!
So in most places the Robin is the harbinger of spring, but sometimes in Austin it’s the harbinger of someone else’s winter.