It is uncharacteristically warm in New England this January, but as I type this a strange thing is happening. Several robins (about a dozen) are wandering around my snow-covered back yard looking for worms. They, of course, will never make it to spring since there will not be fruit on the branches for months, and while warm, it takes a great many warm days to melt feet of snow and thaw the ground.
Why did they come back so early?
Yesterday I noticed a spider come out of hibernation and build a nest between my window panes. Like the robins there is little opportunity for him to survive, unless spiders can go in and out of hibernation.
Are these signs of nature going out of whack?
The early bird is supposed to get the worm, isn't it?