Backyard Birding: A Shamanistic Mockingbird

I recently read somewhere that various Shamans claim that seeing a Mockingbird represents the inability for anyone to harm or kill your spirit. Deeper still, the sight of the bird means that you have great power and joy within you and that you still have much to accomplish in this world. It has also been said that the Mockingbird symbolizes faith, integrity, grace and universal love. Fun fact, the state bird of Texas is the… Mockingbird… just thought you should know.

Well, how about that! Having read this somewhere and sometime after falling into a wikipedia and google induced black hole, I thought it would be fun to share some of the Mockingbird pictures I captured the last couple of weeks.

The following are a few of my favorite images that I have captured of this bird. She has a nest somewhere in the scrub tree along the southern fence-line of my backyard so I oftentimes will see her in the mornings when she bathes and visits the back garden. The last couple of weeks I have witnessed her hunting prowess as she has been spotted carrying prey and then eating/dismembering it in the aforementioned garden.

I also managed to catch her after taking a dip in the back waterway along our small green-belt. After her dip she landed along the west fence to prune and menace the small sparrows. I never realized just how raggedy she looks when she is all wet and pruning. Definitely a prettier avian when dry… if I were one of those sparrows and witnessed her gutting that tree roach and squawking I would have flown away in a hurry.

Anyhow, I hope you all spot a Mockingbird in person, because if what they say is true… that would be pretty cool!

Published by DW

Freelance writer, photographer and traveler who enjoys sharing his experiences with others.

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