Weekly Photo Challenge: New


Although the American Robins aren’t due to migrate back to our region for a few more weeks, these baby birds-in-nest bring to mind thoughts of new beginnings.

I turned to “What’s Your Sign”  to learn the symbolism attached to the American Robin:

The robin a promise of new beginnings …, it carries symbolic meanings of cheer, joviality and light-heartedness.

Animal Symbolism of the Red Robin – A Quick-List

Bright future
New beginning

The Iroquois and Shoshone peoples believed ring around the red robin’s eye was symbolic of prophetic vision, clarity, and great wisdom. The robin would be called upon during ceremonies when clear understanding was needed, and quality judgments needed to be made.


Keep the American Robin in mind as you navigate your

New Year!

This week’s Photo Challenge: “ New 

Would you enjoy viewing more American Robin photographs?

Click on the link below:

American Robin Gallery


  1. Jane, no other bird “speaks to me” like the American Robin and now I understand why! I used to tell people I could read robins’ minds while they’d watch me in the garden, hopping closer to get a good look, but I keep that to myself now. Oops, except for here, where it looks pretty safe 😉 Thank you for putting that in front of us. –Cyndi


    1. Hello Cyndi-
      What a nice surprise to see you’ve stopped by this post and enjoyed reading a few American Robin symbolic thoughts 🙂
      I like knowing facts about wildlife… but the symbolism and native people’s legends that are attached to many are very interesting.
      It was enlightening find the link to your blog to learn about your mitigation business. If you are looking for an icon- a robin eye would be a good choice as per Iroquois and Shoshone beliefs!


    1. Happy New Year, Le and David-
      I think we are great matches as blog-buddies. My views of the world are expanded through your wonderful travel photos and commentary. I’m excited you look forward to my nature ramblings!
      Yes… let’s keep doing this in 2015 🙂
      ❤ Jane


  2. There is so much excitement to see the first robin in the spring time. I was thrilled to see your photo here for the New Year. Wonderful post 🙂


      1. Jane, thanks for peeking and for the lovely comment about my blog. I am hoping you are right about the three months passing quickly. This is always the start of what seems like never-ending winter, so I will keep hope for an early spring. Happy New Year!


        1. Mary-
          I do agree with you about the never-ending winter feelings… especially after all the holiday lights have been taken down. But then is the time to begin the watch for subtle messages Mother Nature sends as she comes out of hibernation. In Oregon… the crocus will begin to bloom next month along with first Robins’ return! We can do this 🙂


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