songbirds in flight

Who are your favorite musicians?

Flea: Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones…

Anthony Kiedis: At this time, I listen to the Clash again, whose founder, Joe Strummer, died recently. Moreover, we covered some chords of London Calling, one of their hits, in our shows, as a tribute to this great band.

John Frusciante: Hendrix, the Beatles, the Who, Buddy Holly, Led Zeppelin… Actually, old things!

Chad Smith: Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne (he laughs)…no, I’m saying bullshit!

As which animal would you like to be reincarnated?

Anthony Kiedis: As a marine animal… The grace and the mobility of the killer whale fascinates me, but I don’t know if I would be able to kill the other fish.

Flea: I would say a koala.

John Frusciante: A bird…

Chad Smith: A wild horse!

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I want to be somewhat professional in my writing, but I have to be honest with you. The first thing that pops into my head when looking at this Merlin (Falco columbarius) is, “What a cutie pie!” Very dignified, self, well done.

In all honesty, the attractiveness of this bird of prey has shaped much of its history with humans. In Medieval Europe, they were used in falconry, though mostly by the noblewomen of the age. Their delicate size, gorgeous plumage, and deft ability to catch small songbirds mid-flight make them incredible to watch, and made them the bird of choice for a lady with a passion for the hunt. 

These birds are skillful, intelligent, and deadly, much like the women who hunted with them and those who prep them in our lab!

Photo credit: Aspen Ellis