I'm in the process of preparing a submission for an exciting project, so I've been going through hundreds of my photographs featuring birds who visit my garden as well as my images of avian creatures who visit nearby parks (Central plus Riverside) and who spend their time on the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean.
BUT I have a confession to make, trusting my choices of pictures and words to include in my proposal is mind boggling. Unfortunately, I've been turning to many people for their opinions because I have somehow convinced myself that the thoughts of others are more worthy than mine. In this sense, I've been like a mockingbird,* the bird type seen in the picture atop this entry with his/her beak open ever so slightly.
It is common knowedge as per a number of sources including a web-page by Ina Woolcott stating "mockingbirds are well known for ability to copy the calls of other birds – and even cats and dogs – (because) they are master imitators. The mockingbirds song is a combination of the calls of many other birds. Usually they repeat an imitation a few times before going onto other songs in quick succession. They have up to 30 songs in their repertory. Mockingbird is Latin for ‘many tongued mimic.'"
There are a number of theories as to why this bird is an imitator and I've discussed them in a few of my prior entries here on Blogger. One of those theories is from a poet (Mary Oliver) who suggests that this creature mocks and imitates the sounds/songs of others because he/she doesn't trust his/her voice. It's an interesting concept.
The mockingbirds who visit my place have never uttered a sound and have only opened their beaks ever so slightly as the one seen in the first image is doing. The only time I've seen them with open beaks is when they are holding food in them as seen below.
But other than that, their beaks have only been open ever so slightly (as in the first picture within this post and the one below)...
... otherwise their beak seems sealed shut...
and they remind me of Zechariah.
Are their beaks sealed shut because they don't trust their voice? I'm not trusting my voice either. Has my ability to think clearly been taken from me for not trusting my voice?
Yet even though my visiting mocker is silent, his/her bird type is known to Ina Woolcott as one who help people find their ’sacred song,' their life’s purpose and inner talents. Woolcott maintains that if one looks to the mockingbird, he/she will be given the strength to act on their talents fearlessly.
She assures her readers this "Never forget that your inner song is always there, it can't be lost. If you miss one opportunity, another will always appear and that is just how it is meant to be or it wouldn’t have happened! You should ask for assistance in connecting with your personal sound frequency, for then healing will take place on all levels."
I hope (especially today on The Feast of the Annunciation) that I receive "assistance in connecting with your personal sound frequency" and that I will move more effortlessly on my endeavors, trusting my inner GPS.
*Mockingbirds are included in a "chapter" of the third volume of Words In Our Beak.
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