How do you measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, or maybe in Sephora orders? (My one quantifiable accomplishment in 2020 was moving up from VIB to Rouge Sephora membership.) How about in clutches of robins, in five baby birds? The latter is how I measure 2020. It was a two-clutch, five-baby-bird year.

Our 2020 robin story started in April 2018, when an industrious robin started fluttering about the front porch of our Toronto home, placing twigs and leaves and discarded tissues — even a Starbucks lid — on the protruding ledge of one of the columns holding up the…

Rondi Adamson

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