If that diamond ring don’t shine

It’s been a good year for the mockingbirds, reports Jess:

It appears they’ve had successful breeding, and the youngsters perch around the house to sing … and make noises that sound like back-up alarms … and electronic noises that start to become annoying after I realize they never shut up.

There’s one up the street that sounds like an intermittent leaf blower.

I’m thinking the parents will eventually chase them away, and the parents will be as before, and not sing to the point of me thinking of going for my air rifle.

I did notice the other types of birds will sing more, when the mockingbirds pause for a few moments. I think they probably feel the same way I do, and wish the children would be more seen than heard.

We had a couple of woodpeckers down the street, but they seem to have moved on. The usual mix of robins, jays and pigeons occupies this zone, with occasional cardinals and a flycatcher or two; they will flourish so long as the big nasty birds from the shopping center keep their distance, and as long as kids coming out of Target spill their popcorn, those birds will stay right there.


  1. McG »

    10 July 2017 · 5:59 pm

    When I was growing up we had mockingbirds that sounded like:

    Unspayed cats
    Slamming screen doors
    Train horns
    Ambulance sirens
    Construction equipment

    That last was when the freeway was being built; train sounds disappeared after that because the railroad was on the other side of eight lanes of traffic.

  2. fillyjonk »

    10 July 2017 · 6:14 pm

    I kinda like the mockingbirds but then the other sound options in my neighborhood seem to be boom cars, leaf blowers, and the guy across the alleyway screaming at his wife.

    I’m glad the mockingbirds haven’t figured out how to go “WOMAN WHERE’S MY DINNER” yet.

  3. Holly H »

    13 July 2017 · 8:20 am

    I adore mockingbirds’ songs. To me, they are nature’s gift to us, tireless singers with infinite repertoires, all for free. And yes, they do screech at each other when they’re fighting. Doesn’t bother me.

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