Robin in Winter

(Toledo, OH) I sometimes set aside my books and gaze out the window next to my work desk at home. My crabapple tree provides me with a wide variety of activity to distract me from my work, and this robin kept a lonely winter's vigil from the tree last week.

It seems surprising to me that so many creatures can adapt to wintry conditions that would have me whining in seconds, frostbitten in minutes, and dead within hours. This is especially amazing considering the poor selection of food available to animals such as the robin, which is reduced to eating frozen crabapples, moldy seeds, and garbage generated by humans.


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