I’ve been waiting and watching, as the Fall season has deepened, for the robins. Yes, they arrived in Missouri in the spring and there were a few here and there all summer. But in the fall, on a certain day or two, the migration season takes over and our yard is covered – covered! in robins. They are in the trees, on the grass, fluttering in the bushes, and gobbling up all the bright red honeysuckle berries. They will strip the berries, fill themselves up and then keep on their southward path.
Some will migrate only as far southward as necessary to find fruit, and others fly thousands of miles ending up in Guatemala! There are hundreds of facts to learn about robins and their migrations that can take you into astronomy, horticulture, oceanography and more. If this sounds like fun, here is a good site, and there are many more to search for yourself!
So, as I said, the ground is covered in robins…for me, the day I call Robin Day is here! It’s exciting and comforting. Each year it comes – something to wait for, to be joyous about, to feel full of wonder and praise over. This is the heart of the FIAR Nature Studies for the four seasons. They are a tool to help you recognize the myriad of wonders around you, and to help you become acquainted with the reappearing of these wonders at certain times each year…a learning of the cycles of nature, and a love of the mysteries of our world.
Are you seeing any robins where you are?