Monday, September 22, 2014

American Robin - State Bird for CT, MI and WI

©A.K.SIMON- American Robin - oil on linen - $100


Quote for Today: “If I can stop one Heart from breaking I shall not live in vain If I can ease one life the Aching Or cool one Pain Or help one fainting Robin Unto his Nest again I shall not live in Vain”                                                                                  Emily Dickinson

I feel very close to this bird because Practically every morning I walk the mile and a half to a park where I meditate and then walk the mile and a half back. While at the park I totally enjoy watching the habits of the robins. There are rarely any other birds there except robins. This one is having an interesting hair day.

Happy to report that I missed painting this guy yesterday because instead we welcomed our lovely new granddaughter, Eliza Grace into the world. She came a day early to surprise everyone. What a blessing! Oh well what's another day behind when you're about 15 already!

Funny note about the bird. I watched my 3-year old grandson, Max while Mom and Dad were at the hospital getting "baby sister."  He loves to look at my paintings and especially birds. I asked him what kind of bird this is and he said "cardinal". No matter how much I tried to convince him otherwise he kept repeating cardinal. Then, when we were at the hospital later in the day he told his dad, "grandma painted a robin." It's always a surprise what comes out of a 3-year old's mouth. We are so blessed to have grandchildren! Max on the other hand doesn't yet recognize the blessings of a baby sister!

Here's the info on the Robin: Connecticut designated the American Robin (Turdus migratorius) as state bird in 1943. The Robin is also the official state bird of Michiganand Wisconsin. Robins are a true thrush and one of America's favorite songbirds. Migratory robins are watched for each year as the heralder of spring, but many spend the entire winter in New England swamps, roosting in evergreens and feeding on winter berries.
Robins were named by early settlers after the familiar robin red- breast of Europe (a bird with similar markings that is not closely related to the American Robin). The most widespread thrush in North America (because of its adaptation to human- modified habitats), robins are a familiar backyard bird often observed pulling up earthworms on suburban lawns.

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