The Most Endearing Bird Ever.
July 7, 2010
I posted awhile ago about an annoying mockingbird that was singing incessantly outside our window. This is an update:
He found a mate! A she-bird who was willing to put up with his infernal song. And, wonder of wonders! they made a nest in a shrub in our backyard.
In my opinion, this was not the most ideal location for a bird nest. We have an indoor/outdoor cat who is particularly good at nabbing birds. And we have a big, snuffling, inquisitive dog whose head can reach right into the spot where they’ve taken up residence.
So far, so good, though.
When we first noticed the offensive bird carrying twigs and grasses in his beak, perching on our fence, then darting into the shrub, my feelings toward the little guy began to change.
For one thing, he was so busy with his nest-building that he had little time for singing. Thus, our peace and quiet was somewhat restored. Second, I found that his industriousness and determination and initiative greatly increased my respect for him.
I have gone from wanting to shoot him with a bow and arrow to feeling fiercely protective of him and his growing family. He is a family man, now. He deserves respect and admiration.
Yesterday when I ventured close to the shrub where the nest is, with the intention of checking it out, he suddenly appeared on the fence, screeching and swooping around in a threatening manner. I scampered away, happy to oblige his command to give his home a wide berth.
Interesting how things change.