CHRISTMAS ROBIN

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christmas-robin-winterberry-2-copyright-kim-smithRobin Finds Christmas was a favorite book from childhood, given to me by my Grandmother. Funny how sweet little children’s stories stay with you forever. Robin Finds Christmas is about searching for the true meaning of Christmas and was written by the English writer and illustrator Molly Brett.

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8 thoughts on “CHRISTMAS ROBIN

  1. Not trying to be a pain in the butt…but you know the robin in the story is not the Am. Robin (which is a thrush) but the “english” robin is rather a something more the NA warblers. The thrush in England most like our robin is the Common Blackbird (Turdus merula.) I too have noticed the flocks of robins that appear around Christmas time and clean out the remaining berries. Do you have any idea where they are coming from, because the summer resident birds have long departed.Continuing to follow your posts.

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    1. Yes I know that is true, but it doesn’t change the beauty and relevance of the story.

      The robins that we see on Cape Ann have three different wintering habits, year round robins, summer residents, and robins who live further north and migrate to our region in cold weather; perhaps we’re their Bermuda:)

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      1. Well think about our winter robins…. agreed with your assessment of the 3 groups of birds. But if you think of the timing….Birds further north should be through here with fall migration before December, local birds are dispersed and pretty solitary and the summer residents are long gone. The Christmas Robins are a distinct population. Gregarious, here ’till the fruit is gone. I guessing there are the northern populations but could see some other scenario….

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        1. There is yet another group to consider. Every year we have flocks that come through East Gloucester-Rocky Neck round about January 28th, and typically when there is snow on the ground. They eat the fruits of the sumac, hollies, crabapples, and privet (winterberry is usually gone by then). Several years ago they stayed for weeks and weeks, but we had tons and tons of snow that winter.

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  2. Beauty and out picking berries is all always in season Merry Christmas and thanks Kim watching robins that way was quite a past time hooping across loads or tree’s and bushes 🙂 Dave & Kim 🙂

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