American Robin or Turdus migratorius.
Taken in Overton Park, Memphis, TN, USA
American Robins are song birds belonging to the Thrush family of birds. Robins have a large, round body, long legs, and fairly long tail. The robin feeds on worms, beetle grubs, catepillars and grasshoppers. They feed on fruit and berries in the winter when the ground is frozen.
The musical song of the American Robin is a familiar sound of spring. It’s a string of 10 or so clear whistles assembled from a few often-repeated syllables, and often described as “cheerily, cheer up, cheer up, cheerily, cheer up”. The syllables rise and fall in pitch but are delivered at a steady rhythm, with a pause before the bird begins singing again. At dawn, the song is more rapid. The Robin is usually the first bird to sing very early in the morning.
Visit this link to hear their various songs at dawn and throughout the day:
This was taken a few days ago in the ice storm that hit the mid-south. This image reminds me not to worry because God cares for me. The bird is so tiny amongst the frozen branches and buds. Yet, he does not worry. God will provide for him even in the storm.
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?
And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,
yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!
Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’
For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."