2 weeks ago
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Ever hear a bird singing away in the middle of the night?
Do you live in the southwest states? If so, chances are, you are hearing the Mockingbird. It is the males who sing away their life during the middle of the night. They are the youngsters, whose unrequited love blares on and on without relief. Those who are successfully mated are safe (and quietly) at home with the new missus - no nocturnal singing here!
I have one, singing outside from about dark ... all night! In the early hours of the morning, roughly 5:30am (only because that is when I wake up, LOL) I hear the sweet sounds of that bird singing his heart out. Actually, he sings all night long- it is 11:38 pm right now, and he is singing away as I type this! Personally, I like it. He sings and mimics several different birdsongs, many of which are recognizable as he goes down his list of sounds. It is all quite enjoyable, and while I'm sad he is a bachelor, I am happy with his all night serenade :-)
These sleek birds eat bugs, and also their great first love, red berries. I have a Hawthorne tree in my yard, which provides great entertainment when the mockingbird comes to call; he/ she will risk all by hanging upside-down in order to secure some of those red hawthorne berries.
My resident jays - Scrub jays and Stellar jays - DO NOT get along with the mockers. The mockingbirds win out in their own special way by hanging around at night time, singing ALL NIGHT LONG, whilst the jays are asleep! It is all in the balance.