Not a robin.

I may be the only person in Alberta (Canada?  North America?) to have failed to see a robin so far this spring…my hubby says there was one looking for something in the grass beneath the Schubert chokecherry in front of our window the other day, but of course, I was at work at the time and missed it.

This northern flicker we spotted yesterday sure made me smile, though – as did the sight of the dry! patch of grass the little one was digging around in.

Northern flicker - 6 April 2014

Have a very happy Monday! 


  1. I felt the same way here. The Robins seemed to be trickling back very slowly and I only caught a couple of glimpses. Finally, this weekend they seem to be everywhere and hard to miss. Out singing for rain to morning. Soon for you I bet!
    Love the flicker picture. We’ve had one in the neighbors yard for a while pecking at a mostly dead tree. But just Saturday the tree got cut down. Hope he finds a new home in the area.

    • It’s funny, up until a couple of years ago, I had never seen a northern flicker – now they seem to be completely “urbanized” around here. I wonder if I just failed to notice them all that time, or if there really are more of them.

      The robins are smart…I guess they’re just waiting for a longer stretch of warm weather to arrive in droves. They don’t want to take a chance on the bad weather returning! 🙂 I’m glad you’re seeing lots of them there!

  2. The robins have been active around here lately. I really enjoy watching them hop around. The northern flickers will hang around for a few weeks then disappear for a month or two. They are beautiful birds.

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