The robins are here!
Migrating flocks of American robins swept north overnight and arrived in Pittsburgh in the dark. They’re pausing to tank up before continuing their journey north.
In the morning I see them everywhere but I know they arrived, even before dawn, because I hear them singing in the dark.
The big flocks began arriving Monday night. Lots of them and more every day.
Because I live in the city I miss hearing another great nighttime sound — spring peepers — so the robins are my only spring night cue.
I do wonder, though, what happens where both robins and spring peepers occur.
Do spring peepers drown out the sound of robins when they’re singing in the dark?
(photo by Cephas on Wikimedia Commons. Click on the photo to see the original)