Robins at Huntington State Park in Redding

Our thanks to reader William J. Foster who wrote and told us he spotted a flock of more than 20 robins at Huntington State Park in Redding on January 30. He was good enough to share these photos.

The American Robin was named Connecticut’s state bird in 1943. And, while many of us consider them a harbinger of spring, the birds sometimes spend the entire winter up north, living in New England swamps. No doubt this flock thought temperatures in the 20s qualified as spring-like after the freezing weather we’ve endured lately.

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Lidia Ryan