We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This migratory bird, resembling a miniature Mockingbird in appearance, in habits, and even in song sometimes, summers in the Eastern and Southwestern US. The last one I saw was quite tame, flitting around the top of shrubs along our stream, occasionally uttering his "spee" call.
I wondered what these little guys were. The other evening, I was down at the local park, just sitting and watching the lake - there were a lot of these birds zipping around right along the surface of the water at about the time the bug hatch started up. Very manueverable little critters and pretty quick too.
Off topic but sort of related: a BBC instructional series for wildlife photography -
I might have seen one of those a few weeks ago in my backyard, both in the limbs of the oak tree that's there (and was still putting out new leaves) and swooping / hovering right under the eaves of my house, I think trying to pick spiders out of webs. A pretty small bird -- I couldn't figure out what it was. Haven't seen one since. I live right in the middle of Atlanta, so maybe it was on its migratory way to elsewhere.