This is a map of American Robin sightings on Christmas day.
I didn't participate in this study, but I could have.
I haven't thought about Robins much since I moved from Missouri to Texas.
We don't see very many Robins in central Texas.
Even in the winter when our temperatures are more....temperate.
Robins are invertebrate (bugs, larvae and worms) and fruit/berry eaters.
We may see one or two as the winter progresses, but never more than that.
This year, something has changed.
We see hundreds of Robins every single day.
They fly over in large flocks.
They stop in large flocks.
My pasture is littered with red-breasted birds, hopping, eating, and calling.
Why this year and never before?
I've lived in central Texas for 23 years and never seen anything like it.
Could it be our unseasonably warm temperatures?
It makes sense, but research tells me otherwise.
It seems that most migratory birds aren't necessarily trying to escape cold temperatures, they are trying to find food.
That's why you'll find Robins in Central Park in January.
They can stand the cold, they just have to be able to find food.
But we've always had food.
Despite our horrid summer, many of the bushes/trees in our area put on berries. My pyracantha and hollys are full of berries.
Normally, the Cedar Waxwings will come through and strip a bush in a day or so.
That can't be it.
I'm thinking it's the bugs.
The Robins have spent their time in my pasture and not my berried bushes.
We've gotten a few inches of rain in the last 2 months and had crazy warm temperatures.
Those two things rarely happen at the same time during our winters (rain and warm).
The bugs seem to think it's springtime.
In fact, most every plant and animal is confused.
The bluebirds are checking out the bluebird house.
The chickens are laying again.
A few trees have started to bud.
There are more than my fair share of flies in the house.
The grass is beginning to green up a bit.
Unfortunately, one hard cold front and all those things will change.
I always feel so sorry for the animals.
It must be so confusing.
Folks always talk about the weather.
Around here, folks are wondering if our incredibly warm winter is a precursor to another summer of triple digit temperatures.
In any case, I've enjoyed seeing a bird I loved as a child.
I'd forgotten how sassy and funny they can be.
At least this weather is benefiting the birds.