My husband Jim and I went on a birding day trip yesterday. The local lakes have been mostly frozen over for weeks. So most recent trips have resulted in seeing Canada Geese and Ring-Billed Gulls walking on ice. But on Saturday temperatures went up to around 60. We had to get outside. I researched recent sightings on eBird to decide where to go. Then we headed to Black Hill Regional Park in Montgomery County Maryland to look for interesting water birds.
One thing I’ve learned watching birds in my backyard is that there is all kinds of activity going on here that I never see. Today, about five-thirty, it was getting dark. I just happened to glance out the front window and realized that it was full of American Robins. I counted twenty-four, although there might have been more in the darkening yard. They were all spread out over the whole front yard doing their quick scurry, pause and listen, scurry again dance. The were turning over leaves and excavating here and there, looking for choice insects.