The First Robin of Spring

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Here we are, about half way through March.

And, so I spotted a Robin on March 13th, the first one this year. Unusually, late according to my parents.

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I was able to stand there for quite a while, aiming my narrow aperture super-telephoto zoom at it, hoping my hands were steady enough, my focus was locked enough, the light was good enough, and so on.

But also, I got to observe the robin going about his business, mostly ignoring me as I crept closer...

I had wondered what the bird was doing, hopping around on the ground. Clearly, I had forgotten my basic knowledge of bird dietary habits.

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Yeah, that's right the dude was going after insects.

I'm not sure how well he did finding them, though.

There's something really fun about getting to observe another animal go about its business. There are a lot of small details that you might not expect.

Looking weirdly chirpy as a leaf blows past
Looking weirdly chirpy as a leaf blows past
Looking weirdly compressed when walking.
Looking weirdly compressed when walking.
Side view!
Side view!

So with this, I wish you a happy spring!

I'm looking forward to the changes in the weather, the opportunities for fresh air, and I am excited for the prospect of increased vaccine distribution, even if it is distributed in an unequitable fashion.

Ice still intact on Hopewell Lake on March 6th -- my most recent visit to French Creek State Park before the robin-spotting.
Ice still intact on Hopewell Lake on March 6th -- my most recent visit to French Creek State Park before the robin-spotting.
Soon there will be many more boats here.
Soon there will be many more boats here.
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