We are all guilty of concentrating on the exotic and sensational to the exclusion of “trash birds”, but occasionally something mundane, or close to home has the ability to make us catch our breath.

It might be the setting. Perhaps it’s the light.

Maybe the character of the individual makes it stand out from the rest of its ordinary family. Could it be the bokeh?

This mockingbird had me entranced as it gave a small snatch of song from a cactus at Irvine Regional Park, Ca. It played peek-a-boo in the warm morning light, hiding behind the fruit and then popping back up for another quick song. Despite my 57 years on this planet, I giggled!

Embrace the familiar. It can be very rewarding.

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Written by Redgannet
Redgannet has been working for over 33 years as a crew member/flight attendant and enjoys the well-ventilated air of the outdoors. The nom de blog, Redgannet, was adopted to add an air of mystery and to make himself more attractive to women. His father first whetted Redguga's appetite for all things natural by buying him his first pair of 7x35s and a copy of Thorburn's Birds. Having no mentor beyond an indulgent parent, he spent the first season hoping for an Egyptian Vulture at the bird table in his English garden. His most memorable birding moment is seeing an Egyptian Vulture with those same binoculars 26 years later. Redgannet is married to Canon, but his heart and half of his house belongs to Helen and their son Joseph. He is looking forward to communicating with people who don't ask if he is searching for the "feathered variety" of bird.