I thought her stupid birds were gone…what?
Yes, our robins have been gone for a couple of weeks now, but other avian neighbors remain on the other side of the house – mockingbirds who have nested in a vine-like plant on my carport. (Hyacinth? Maybe. I don’t know.)
I knew they were there, but it’s only been in the past couple of days that I’ve taken time to actually watch the action. The babies are pretty big now – you can see them peaking out at times. They’re very loud when they’re being fed. I suspect they’re about ready to fly.
I ventured up on a ladder today to snap a portrait.
The photography session wasn’t as leisurely as the others, as you might imagine. Mockingbirds are mean and aggressive suckers – the geese of the songbird world. A couple of weeks ago, I watched this mockingbird pair chase a squirrel who’d ventured too close to the nest across through trees across three yards.
Nothing happened to me today, but to be sure, the minute one of the parents was aware that I was near the nest, it perched on the powerline above my head, squawking. I didn’t give it time to do more. I can respect that protective parenting. I do.