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Robins appearing long before spring

It's my understanding that there are robins in our area all year, though the ones you see in Spokane today might have been in British Columbia last month.

Still, every year, I hear from readers who regard the wintertime appearance of these birds as premature signs of spring. These folks view these sightings with “alert the media” amazement.

And they seem disappointed when I say, more or less, “Not really.”

So if you are a bird expert, please feel free to weigh in.

Robins in snow — a freak of nature or no big deal?

Dining on a harbinger of spring

I have been hearing from Slice readers today about all the robins in our area right now.

Reminded me of a Slice item from Sept. 13, 2003.

Here it is:

Take my advice.

Never assume that you've heard all of your family's stories countless times.

Ask questions. Ask, ask, ask.

Recently, on my father's birthday, I learned that my great-grandmother's cat once presented her with a nice juicy robin. The old Vermont woman proceeded to dress it, cook it and share it with the feline. All of this horrified one of my father's aunts.

So ask around. Do you have any bird eaters in your family tree?   

Winged invasion

Several readers said they haven't seen just a few robins lately. It has been more like dozens or even hundreds.

Bird is the word

Spokane's Jerry Cartwright was out for a walk and saw what he described as a “Hitchcockian” gathering of robins.

“Didn't look like they were up to anything though,” he added.

That's just what they want you to think, Jerry.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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