With all our snow, and this last biggy, a number of bird species are
traipsing up and down along roadsides everywhere here in Addison
County. I see Robin flocks from 20 to 80 or more on virtually every
road I travel.
Yesterday afternoon on Little Chicago Road, for example, the traipsers
included 105 Robins, 95 Crows, 78 Horned Larks, 60 Starlings, 8 Juncos,
7 Lapland Longspurs, 5 Mourning Doves, 1 Raven, and a single Snow
Bunting. I can't say all were in single file, but I sat watching the
show for some time and delighted at the struts, hops, skips, jumps,
parades, and little hurries as the various species foraged in the newly
plowed road margins and scurried back and forth across the road. They
were apparently disinterested in the Coopers Hawk in a tree at the edge
of the open stretch of road.
On 2/6/2011 4:58 PM, Jane Stein wrote:
> Every year in late winter, when a little bit of a snowmelt happens, I
> have this day-long parade of robins hippity-hopping single file, most
> of them nicely spaced about a foot apart, up one side of my road and
> down the other, stopping now and then to peck at this and that just
> past the slowly clearing edges of the pavement. It's just a little
> bit eerie to glance out the front window just about any time during
> the day right up to dusk and see this silent seeming pilgrimage going on.
> Anybody else out in the country notice this?