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Welcome Spring American Robin


March 28, 2018

Doug Harling

Nothing says Springtime like seeing the American Robin in your neighborhoods and yards. In this week's Birds of El Paso County column, Fountain Valley's Bird Whisperer Doug Harling features the Robin and shares photos taken at a feeding station in his own backyard habitat.

"The early bird catches the worm" is a well known English proverb used as motivation for success. This proverb was first recorded in a collection of John Ray's English proverbs in 1670-1678 meaning, success comes to those who prepare well and put in effort. The phrase is a very popular idiom today. I believe John Ray must have been sitting on his patio with a cup of coffee listening the American Robin when he wrote this one. If you are up before sunrise as spring comes on, you won't be alone. You can bet that the American Robin will be the "early bird."

The American Robin is a migrating...

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