Thursday, October 22, 2015

A To Z Of Gratitude: R

"I heard the sweet voice of a robin,
      High up in the maple tree,
      Joyously, singing his happy song
      To his feathered mate, in glee!
If we could be like this tiny bird,
      Just living from day to day,
      Holding no bitterness in our hearts
      For those we meet on our way."
- Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "Heaven on Earth" (1940s) -

R is for Robins

What could be more magical than listening to a robin singing a beautiful tune as the sun sets? And what could be more exciting than spotting these birds in your backyard in late February or early March (a joyous reminder that spring is just around the corner)?


These precious birds are dearly missed this time of year as they make their way south. I look forward to their return in the spring.

Have a lovely day, everyone.

37 comments:

  1. It's sad to see all the summertime birds leaving us! Brrrr...the idea of being left up here in the frigid northlands! Facebook decided it was time to make me feel grateful by showing me a "memory" from 2 years ago today--we had snow! I guess we're fortunate this year to have had such a beautiful October here in Iowa.

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    1. There should be an option on Facebook that block all snow-related reminders this time of year! Although some photos are so pretty. But it's just too soon!

      It is very sad to see the birds leaving. If I could, I'd join them down south for the months of January and February!

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  2. I've always loved robins too. What cheery birds they are!

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  3. Hey Girl, I want you to know, I'll miss you so much, if you gooooooo, so don't ok?love the song, I love Robins, that's one of the pleasure in the summer that I love early in the morning when there's not much traffic and I hear those wonderful birds singing. R is for reminiscing about summer. I had snow the other day, I was so thrilled lol sorry about that

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    1. Robins have the sweetest song, don't they? I love listening to them and I miss hearing them!

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  4. Oh I can't wait for their return Martha. Sigh.

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  5. I'm sure I read that poem as an early grade elementary student, Martha! It hit me immediately with a strong feeling of familiarity and remembrance. I dearly love robins, and robins are the first birds I remember knowing the name of. I'm one of "those" people, want to know the name of everything! Robins were my Grandmother MacDonald's favorite bird, especially because they were harbingers of spring. Wishing them Godspeed on their southern migration! Sending you hugs!

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    1. Thanks, Louise! We can never get too many hugs :) There is something about robins that make them extra special. They seem to have such an upbeat, sweet personality. You can't help but like them.

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  6. So true Martha!
    The last few years, I have had Robins year round! Perhaps they are as confused as we are about the climate...
    How are your moving plans going???
    Have a great day!!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. We are up and running, Linda. Our home got listed last night and we're finally on the market!

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  7. I'm not sure if we have robins here; I'll have to google and see. They are a pretty bird!

    betty

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  8. I thought I would made it to the list at "R" hahaha

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    1. Oups I forgot I'm on the wrong computer, this is Richard :)

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    2. I know it's you, Richard! I remember this profile from your other blog. You can't fool me :)

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  9. I wonder why I like this post so much. Smiles.
    Someday, the robin will wise up and spell its name correctly. Until then, I'll still miss them too.

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  10. Robins are great birds with their cheery red breast.
    Popular on Christmas Cards too!

    All the best Jan

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    1. So true, Jan. They are very popular on Christmas cards!

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    1. One of my favourites. This robin used to follow me around the garden.

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  12. VEry descriptive of robins. I would bet that if you are out in the bush in the winter you will see robins. They don't come in the yards in winter but seem to stay in the bush.

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    1. I didn't know that but you're right. This morning when I went to my dentist, I saw a robin running around in the parking lot. My dentist is located in a new building, which is beside an undeveloped area...in other words, a wooded, bushy area! And lo and behold, out came a robin to prove your point. It was nice to see one today. Made the day so much nicer.

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    2. They are hard to find in the winter but they are here. We always get them in our winter bird count.

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    3. This is great. I'll keep a lookout for them from now on!

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  13. Hey Martha,

    Phew! For one frightening moment I thought I was stuck in that A to Z alphabet challenge thingy :) Sort of a "Groundblog Day" situation.

    Much to my relief, you are showing your appreciation for our little Robyn, um Robin friend :) Ah the robin doth take flight for a southerly destination. Well put, Martha. Although I've seen a few robins created an awesome contrast in the winter snow.

    Take care, eh!

    Gary

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    1. I actually spotted a robin early this morning, which pretty much brightened my whole day. So I guess (as Red states above) there are robins hanging around in the bushes instead of our backyards!

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  14. Yes Martha, what a great ray of sunshine these little creatures are in springtime!

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  15. It's been so weird here lately, after snow on the weekend, we have sunshine and in the early morning, I hear birds. I think they are confused.

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    1. I know, right? The birds around here are confused, too. We've got the same type of weather.

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  16. Is that a robin? i always thought robins to be plumper. :P

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