Yesterday afternoon the dog started barking as she looked out the window. It was a warning bark, but her tail was wagging and she was smiling. She was serious about something being out there, but not unhappy about it. She seemed pretty excited, so I went to the window. And there standing proudly on the lawn - though I think it was just listening to potential snacks - was our first robin of the year.
Robin hung around the lawn all day, going from front to side to back yards. I watched as the wind picked up a few oak leaves and tumbled them across the lawn straight at Robin, who merely stepped forward a few steps to avoid them. I wondered how Robin knew that the leaves were non-threatening. But I guess, being a bird and spending lots of time around trees and leaves, they must know everything there is to know about that stuff.
At one point a couple of friendly juncos joined Robin and they all scouted for bugs in the winter-flat grass covering our rain soaked lawns.
It's started. I've heard that Monday may be a snow day. But the sun is much too powerful now and the snow won't be here long.
The snow is melting
Rain is pelting
The worms are looking slick
I hope to see you back real soon
I hope you make it quick
The junco says there's lots to eat
Those snacks that rumble 'neath your feet
So come on back
Time to unpack
We wait for your return
With lots of spots to build a nest
No cause for great concern
The sun has promised to be strong,
Come back to sing your ebullient song!
I just can't wait
Please don't be late
The worms are fat and slick.
The snow keeps melting
Spring rain keeps pelting
I hope you come back quick!
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