Thousand Words

Northern Mockingbird

by Hema Ravi from India

‘This is a mockingbird,’ my husband said, just as he was capturing the pictures of the passerine bird on his mirrorless camera. Mockingbirds are so called because they mimic the songs of other birds, the sounds of insects, amphibians, and others.

Wonderful actor! I thought to myself.

My thoughts raced to the 1961 novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ by Harper Lee.  The famous lines of that book –‘Remember, it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’  The reason I gathered is that mockingbirds just ‘sing out their hearts a tune.’

These birds are said to sing late in the evenings until night…however, we couldn’t get a recording of its various sounds. The bird was silent and content in its natural habitat that evening.


One Comment

  1. Beautiful. Bird in contemplation. in sync with nature.