Winter Robins on Mulch Hills

January 17, 2010

Dan and I put on our boots this morning and went out for winter walk on the snowy paths in the forest by the canal.  The temperature was in the 20s, but not windy, so it was a comfortable walk with our warm coats.  We came to an area of the preserve with huge hills of wood chips from trees that have been ground up.  The hills are maybe 12 feet high and steam was rising from them as the organic material was decomposing.  Robins were everywhere digging for worms in the compost/mulch.  We stopped and counted 19 robins at once and guessed that there were 30 to 50 robins in the area this morning.  We don’t have any robins in our yard a mile away, so it was fun to see them getting a wonderful feast today.

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