Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Differences in nature

The birds are gone,
The ground is white,
The winds are wild,
They chill and bite;
The ground is thick with slush and sleet,
And I barely feel my feet.

Some things are oddly different in nature. I grew up with robins in the States being a larger bird that showed the first signs of spring. Here in Europe, a robin is a tiny little bird that stays here year round and is very much a visitor to our garden even in the deep winter. He loves to even sit among the branches of any shrub to watch as I do odd jobs in the garden. He jumps and darts around mostly on the ground waiting for the seed that other birds carelessly throw from the feeders. He sometimes sits on the edge of a garden chair looking curiously in the cottage windows at me.

Photo from the BBC.co.uk website.


Anonymous said...

Robins are probably my favourite bird. They arrive here in the spring and we usually have a nest or two around so they're very frequent visitors to our garden. I think the English robins are so cute!

Tammy said...

What a sweet little bird! How fun to watch it watch you in the garden. :o)

Nan said...

Thank you for the post and the photo, Heidi. I have always wondered about the robin I read about in British books.

Sharon said...

Oh what a nice picture of that little English Robin. Our robins here in NY are huge. That one is just so sweet. I love your blog. Your postings always make me smile.