"Mockingbirds are the true artists of the bird kingdom. Which is to say, although they're born with a song of their own, an innate riff that happens to be one of the most versatile of all ornithological expressions, mockingbirds aren't content to merely play the hand that is dealt them. Like all artists, they are out to rearrange reality. Innovative, willful, daring, not bound by the rules to which others may blindly adhere, the mockingbird collects snatches of birdsong from this tree and that field, appropriates them, places them in new and unexpected contexts, recreates the world from the world. For example, a mockingbird in South Carolina was heard to blend the songs of thirty-two different kinds of birds into a ten-minute performance, a virtuoso display that served no practical purpose, falling, therefore, into the realm of pure art." -Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All

The birds in the above photos are not mockingbirds of course, but I couldn't resist sharing a Tom Robbins quote with you after having talked about him in my last post. As for the actual birds in the photos, you're looking at some geese and a little hummingbird. I have yet to be successful in catching a hummingbird in flight; those little buggers are quick! But admit defeat I have not! Whether or not I get the money shot I'm looking for, the birds are certainly fun to watch.  Are you guys doing any bird watching this summer?


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