I used to live in a rather desolate inner suburb, where the bird life
consisted of Mockers, Crows, Starlings, House Finches and House
Sparrows, period. That made for pretty boring Mockingbird song.
But I was alerted one night (for those of you who don't know, they do
sing through the night when they're bursting with hormones) to the
presence of a neighborhood rarity, a song sparrow, by the uncanny
mimicry of one of the Mockingbirds. The next day, I went scouting
around, and sure enough, found it in a neighbor's yard. It wasn't there
long, and after a while, its song faded out of the Mocker's routine.
On 5/7/2014 5:22 PM, Veer Frost wrote:
> Years since being treated to the full Mockingbird repertoire, a glorious fifteen minutes of doubles, sweetness, mimicry, blackboard scratching, question marks, and hoots, all nonstop from highly visible treetop... I've never even seen this bird in NEK before and seemingly serendipitous, after coming upon Whitman's great Mockingbird poem last night ie Out of the cradle endlessly rocking ... joyful!
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