There are small signs of Spring on the horizon. One indication is the now frequent appearance of American Robins. It is not uncommon in the Springtime to see as many as thirty Robins visiting the yard at one time, feasting on remaining dried crabapple berries that are left on the trees or have fallen to the ground.
Although I am partial to the BlueJay, the Robin feels like an old friend. They are such a familiar and favorite subject to paint. And another reminder that Spring is eternal!