I've never witnessed it firsthand before, but I did in my yard today. I was taking some pictures when I noticed a bird land in a nearby leafless crabapple tree. A robin! Then another landed. Then four more. I followed one with my eyes as it flew to the right, and up, into the 80-foot tall, still leafless, maples. Then I noticed the rest. Five, ten, fifteen. At least twenty-five of them, where all winter and earlier this day there had been none. Bam. The robins have returned to town, and I saw the exact moment the flock reached my yard. Pretty cool. Beautiful day today as I burned a pile of brush and played two-square with Kate. A bald eagle circled overhead. Ducks flew over low. Chip the chipmunk is back out and gathering seed off the porch. And, oh yes, the first two mosquitoes of the season have bitten me.
The Daily Consternation