Thursday, June 26, 2008

Listen to the Mockingbird!

This is an Eastern Mockingbird. I have at least one of these residing in my Japanese Maple which sits at the NW corner of my house. I also sleep in the bedroom on the NW corner of my house.

I always thought that birds, unless disturbed, were quiet at night, else they give away their position to the possible maurading night preditor. Except for Owls perhaps. Not my Eastern Mockingbird! It obviously isn't afraid of prowling cats, which is about the only night preditor around here. At least I hope so.

Anyway, about 1:30AM this morning, after the night had cooled enough for the central unit to kick off for a while, I was awakened to the glorious serenade of none other than a Mockingbird. At first I was puzzled, then a bit annoyed, then I decided to just enjoy the concert.

Either, it finished it's song/songs, I drifted off to sleep, or that preditor had a meal, because I woke again about 3 and could no longer hear it.

This particular Mockingbird also likes to sit on the wrought iron of my front porch and sing. This is when I get to enjoy it most since it's entirely too hot to sit outside right now for a concert.

Although not as pretty as the Bluejays and the Cardinal that also reside in my yard along with several Robins, the Mockingbird gives me the most listening pleasure. I like to watch the Bluejays dive and swoop at the cats that come around, and I just like seeing the bright red of the Cardinal male.

My mother used to have a Mockingbird that sat on top of the tv antenna. Dad used to accuse it of causing poor reception.

When was the last time you experienced an unexpected serenade? You have to tell me. I just have to know.

Hope you have a fabulous Thursday. Do something silly. Make someone laugh.


Lisa J said...

Sorry I have not commented lately, I have read the blogs, but have been so busy (stressed) that I have not taken the time. I so enjoy reading the blogs.
Yes, I like the Mockingbirds song, but I think the Cardinal song is great too. I have tons of Cardinals in the yard and they are so loud. I don't have any Bluejays in my yard that I have seen and that really surprises me. But honestly I am glad for they can be so aggressive. But I have several Hummingbirds and they make noise (?) song (?) too. Have a great day.

Tipper said...

I'm constantly seranaded by two sweet little birds-my girls. They are always singing.

Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

I have a fountain in my back yard, and in the summer, all the sweet little chickadees like to come and cool off. They chatter away, and while they're not the classic beauties, they're still gorgeous to me. I could watch them all day!

Pinup Girl said...

I have an assortment of little song birds that nest under the eves of the building and when spring came around I noticed that I had a colorful little sparrow that was sitting right outside my window looking in at me and singing me his best song. Everyday for 3 weeks that bird came back looking in our window singing for me. He's been gone for a while now and I'm assuming it's because he's raising his babies and not cause the local cats found him.

Beckynsc said...

When I still lived in WV, I had a whipper will that used to sing me to sleep every night. He was so loud it sounded as if he were right outside my window. But I felt that as long as he was out there singing I didn't have anything to worry about. And I drifted off to sleep to the sound even as loud as it was.

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