Hey, it's me, your missing robin. I'm down here in Florida soaking up the sun and trying new foods. The flock and I are hanging out at FC's place. He's got a "lawn" of grass that was last mowed in September and it's full of insects to chase down.
He keeps his 10 acres pretty wild as do his "neighbors" so it's one big smorgasboard here on the West coast of Florida.
His woods are full of sparkleberry, last summer's seeds, and all kinds of insects. We ate most of his east palatka holly berries ... beat the waxwing clan to them. Hah!
It's not all easy of course. There are two evil black cats that sneak up the driveway from the place across the street. We have to watch out for them. Earleen (remember Earleen? red breast, kind of flighty?) found out about them the hard way and won't be coming back.
Festus (remember Festus? red breast, kind of goofy?) ate too many of the fermented palm berries and had a car accident. Feeding along the roadside is dangerous enough without being FUI.
All things considered, this is a pretty nice place to spend the winter. Lots of edgey woodlands, only the occasional cat threat, no 12 year old boys with BB guns (FC has some dark history there, but seems okay now), and a nice mix of local foods.
No nightcrawlers though. I'm hankering for the taste of a good Yankee nightcrawler. The earthworms down here are puny and they stay underground! Weird, these southerners.
Well, that's about it. Put a new bell on the cat and clean off my nesting shelf 'cause I'll be coming home next month.