Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #210

This Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curviroste) is frequent visitor to our back yard. Most often, they seem to favor eating “Nine Lives” out of the cat bowl as opposed to the seed in the bird feeder. They are related to the Mockingbird and do have a very pleasing song. Like the mockingbird, they show little fear of our cats and will tease, tempt, cajole and generally harass the felines. They also seem to be somewhat solitary as I never see more than a one or two at a time.

Birds of a feather do flock together, branch out on your journey, †††nada te turbe†††jim

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #193

Ode to a Mockingbird  Rita Hestand Author


I love to hear the Mockingbird that sits up in my tree
I wonder why he sings so much, or if he sings to me.
He sits up on a branch so high, so he can fly away,
But I know that he likes it there, and that he wants to stay!

I love to hear the Mockingbird that sits up in my tree
If I could reach the limb he’s on, I’d put him on my knee.
I’d tell him what a joy he is, to listen to each day
And that I’d like to understand, just what he has to say.

I love to hear the Mockingbird that sits up in my tree
I wish he had a friend sometime, so happy he would be.
I guess that I could be his friend, for he does comfort me,
On lonely nights and rainy days, because I cannot see.

Be a friend to those who help you on your journey††jim††