Yesterday afternoon I was sitting in this chair when I heard a loud whooshing sound. Then out of the corner of my left eye I saw a dark swooping motion outside the French doors.
I heard a loud chirring sound in intervals before I knew what was happening.
When I looked up I was aghast. Dozens, possibly hundreds, of robins had descended down upon my patio and were perched on the fence and in the iced up tree branches. They were all over my patio furniture and wherever they could find to perch.
Ivy and Charlie and I made our way to the French doors. It kind of felt like a dream because I’d never seen anything like it.
Picture Worth A Thousand Words:
Of course I grabbed my camera. There were a couple of other kinds of birds, but the mass was mostly robins.
They moved almost too quickly to photograph. Flitting from one surface to another as if agitated.
Then every minute or so they’d gather and all of them would head back up into the sky. Only to come right back a few seconds later.
It was the most amazing thing I think I’ve ever seen in nature. It was awe-inspiring. I stood there and took over a hundred photos, simply because I didn’t know what else to do.
It was hard to look away because I didn’t know if I’d ever see such an event again.
I found this info in All About Birds:
One reason why they seem to disappear every winter is that their behavior changes. In winter robins form nomadic flocks, which can consist of hundreds to thousands of birds.
Usually these flocks appear where there are plentiful fruits on trees and shrubs, such as crab apples, hawthorns, holly, juniper, and others.
Ivy Never Moved:
Ivy was transfixed. She was so surprised she laid in the bottom tunnel of her cat tower and simply watched. Charlie watched as well.
I couldn’t figure out what was happening. Hundreds of birds all coming down together and then rising back up and out of sight.
This went on for close to an hour maybe. Then they were gone. Not a one of them in sight. And everything was still again.
The Berries Were All Gone:
It was then I noticed that they’d picked the tree free of all the hundreds of berries that clung to the branches in icy clusters.
I stood and stared at the tree and couldn’t see even one berry left.
What an amazing thing to get to see.