Mockingbird Hill

April 24

The nest was quiet… too quiet as no adult Red-tail was present.  But, I didn’t look high enough, in the more obvious places.  Papa was on guard detail on the south side of the steeple.

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But the tranquility was quickly shattered by …. Mockingbirds.

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Papa tried to ignore the nuisance, but it became too much and he took off and joined Mama for a cool morning breeze on top of the Wells

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As kids grow up, they get mobile and to avoid accidents, what do you do?  Install a safety gate where applicable!  These eyasses are now about 3 weeks old and they’re mobile!

Mama was doing just that, moving lots of lumber to the nest.  Maybe this batch is much more ‘mobile’ than last years.  If you recall last year, Wynken fell from the nest and it was a good thing his remiges were already fully formed and he didn’t hit the ground but had to learn to use his wings in a hurry.

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By lunch time, Papa was again on guard detail and the Mockingbirds were even more troublesome than before.

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Not even at their new hangout (SECU building) were they safe from these Mockingbirds.

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The chase even piqued the interest of a few spectators 🙂

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The Hawk Watchers got a real treat as Papa stayed on guard detail for a while before taking off.  Papa’s view thru those scopes were as clear as day!

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There were tiny movements in the nest, but the little ones didn’t pop up, at least not while I was there.  Twelve thirty should have been lunch time, but today there was none.  Maybe lunch came early or they had brunch 🙂

New Hang Out

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Tra-la-la, tweedlee dee dee it gives me a thrill
To wake up in the morning to the mockin’ bird’s trill
Tra-la-la, tweedlee dee dee
There’s peace and goodwill
You’re welcome as the flowers on Mockin’bird Hill

Ciao!

JP

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