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NATURE WATCH: Robins In The Rain

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by Nona Estrin

Rain just starting at last, and around 200 robins here suddenly, as afternoon wanes, calling, gathering up energy, sounding as if they may fly again tonight, at the leading edge of rain. Not a great flying night but we’re losing 15 minutes a day of light here and that puts the pressure on. This many robins in the yard often means there’s not a premium crop of Mountain Ash berries keeping them higher and out of the valleys. On Camel’s Hump yesterday the berries looked shriveled from the recent dry period. No worry, we have worms aplenty to fill their craws!