I would like to propose that the Robin be the official bird of Groundhog Day.  Many of the holidays already have birds associated with them, but Groundhog Day does not.  And, as I mentioned in my last post, I feel that each of the different holidays should have their own bird to represent them.

Robin

 

I didn’t select the robin lightly.  I did a fair amount of reading about different birds before it suddenly struck me how obvious and right the robin truly is for this distinctive honor.   Before I came to this decision, it was suggested that the ostrich would be a good choice because it buries it’s head in the sand, and that did seem like a great idea since we generally don’t want the groundhog to see its shadow.  However, after reading up on ostriches, I found out that they don’t actually do that.  They really have no need to bury their heads anywhere since they are fierce adversaries, and they can run extremely fast.  Sadly, they can’t fly, but maybe that’s best under certain circumstances, which I’m sure I need not mention here.  Just give it some thought for a minute, and I’m sure you’ll have to agree with me.

 

I also pondered the prairie chicken because groundhogs are much like prairie dogs.  But that idea just didn’t feel right to me somehow.

 

And then it just hit me!  The robin is generally a sure sign of spring to most people!  At least around here in good old Utah.  When you first spot a robin out in your yard looking for worms, after a long cold winter, you know spring is right around the corner.  So this is THE perfect bird for Groundhog Day, because that’s what the holiday is all about – looking for the first sign of spring on the horizon.  Whether it’s near or far isn’t the point.  The point is that we want to see a real indication that spring isn’t far off.  Even when we’re disappointed and the ground hog sees its shadow, we still have hope that it’s close, and we start looking for that first robin, to prove that groundhog wrong, and to keep our hopes alive!

 

I love seeing the first robin of the season.  And then I start counting them.  The more I see in one day the better, until finally I know it truly is spring.  I’m looking forward to it already.  Can you tell?

Robin

 

This particular robin is made of polymer clay, and is only about one inch tall and about an inch and a half long from its beak to the tip of its perky little tail.