Little robin redbreast sat upon a tree; First he chirped and sang, and then he had to flee.
Robins are known for being a portent of spring. These migratory songbirds are one of the first signs, from the animal kingdom, that weather is warming and days are getting longer. Robins (turdus migratorius) are also one of the first species to lay eggs in spring and can have as many as three brooding seasons. Only 25% of robins survive their first year. On average robins live two years, with fourteen years being the longest known lifespan (Wikipedia). The robin is one of 309 species of birds in Guilford County (see the other 308 species, here).
Their original habitat was the coniferous forest; however they are now well adapted to suburban lawns. If you see them in your yard, smile, be thankful, and try to keep predators away from those pretty blue eggs. The above robin posed for us in a tree at the corner of Elam and West Market Street.
If you like haiku, here are several haiku about robins.