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Talking it Over

It is a heart-warming sight to see a "first" robin hopping on the lawn or sounding off a "hello" as it hops and chirps from branch to branch. Spotting a robin means spring is not far behind.

This year people started calling me about a month ago that they were seeing robins in their backyard. I began to hope that spring would soon be here but evidently the robins just don't care if it is still snowing, they still chirp away.

A legend about the robin has a connection to Easter. The story tells us that the "pios robin with scarlet breast" mercifully picked a thorn from the crown of Christ as He was on His way to Calvary before His crucifixion. As the bird carried the thorn, a drop of blood from the thorn fell to its breast, dyeing it red. So to this day robins have red breasts.

Robins are friendly and gay and like to live near people. Their bright reddish orange breasts, dark gray backs and tails tipped with white make them easy to recognize.

The female lays from three to six light blue eggs and raises two or three broods from spring through summer. Baby robins are often the first young birds to be seen hopping and following the parents about the lawns taking lessons on flying and how to fend for themselves.

Male robins do most of the singing, especially during mating time. He also helps to raise the young. In late afternoon and evening, the male perches on an upper tree branch and sings his heart out. Some may associate this with rain because in earlier days people believed that when the robin kept on singing, it was a sign of rain to come. The longer and louder he sings, the more rain.

It is wonderful to see the robins return because we know that spring is not too far behind. It will be even better to be able to open our windows and listen to the robins sing. Their song joined with those of other song-birds is the symphony of springtime! Songs to warm the heart as the temperatures warm the body.