Across most of the country, the return of American Robins signal the start of spring. But not so in the Sunshine State, where things are usually the opposite of everywhere else. And based on what I saw Tuesday night, winter is coming.
Robins are not normally found in our part of Florida except in the winter, when they arrive here from their northern homes. While visiting the UCF Arboretum at sunset on Tuesday, a flock of several dozen Robins arrived.
It was amazing to see them flying in the sky, singing and moving along from tree to tree. It’s the first time I have seen so many Robins at once.
The males and females essentially look the same. Both have the distinctive orange bellies but the males’ heads are little more black and the females’ are more gray. And then there is the one I photographed that is either a juvenile or has leucism.