Our American Robins are really thrushes, and as you can see even with a quick glance, aren't very closely related to the European Robins that Sarah liked so much. Their biggest similarity is the color of the feathers on their chests. Irish robins don't migrate, but stay the whole year round. However, their song changes in early spring as they begin looking for a mate, and Sarah predicted the coming of Spring by listening for their mating song. I remember several times in late, late winter, while I was making her dinner (or 'tea' as the Irish say) in the dusky kitchen, she would shush me and tell me to be still, her big blue eyes magnified by her glasses lenses, her chin jutted forward expectantly, and whisper, 'A robin!' and she would smile one of the happiest smiles I've ever seen when we'd hear the beautiful warble through the kitchen window.
|American Robin, image copied from Wikipedia|
|European Robin, image copied from Wikipedia|