Haiku my Heart - The Mockingbird

deep within the hedge
a fledgling waits patiently
mother watches me


Although it is well into summer, and my sunflowers have bloomed and are fading fast and jasmine is in full bloom and dropping soft petals like snowflakes, baby birds are still hatching and fledging. The resident woodpecker has had two clutches. The mockingbirds....hard to keep up with them, they are everywhere. I can watch from a window deep into a  hedge and see mom come feed the begging baby. In my back yard, I venture too close to the podocarpus where little fledge becomes silent as I approach, and mom flies to the fence, watching me,.. chip...chip...chip...don't come any closer! I put blackberries on the fence post, and they are gone in five minutes.  Each day the crows come, morning and evening, hunting, and all babies become silent. Blue Jays scream a warning, mockingbirds chip and screech, and every wing is on alert.  

Nature pleases me.


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Haiku my Heart - Fledglings

a morning echo
the crow calls its hunting sound
mockingbird hisses

Most of us know the sound of a mother mockingbird warning of danger. She is loud, raspy, persistant, and if I were a preditor I would definitely pay attention.  

My neighbor has a cat from hell. A huge tomcat who marks his territory (my fence) and makes it stink. He also kills baby birds. Just kills and leaves them. I have so far picked up and buried a baby dove, a baby bluejay, a baby unknown, and those are just the ones I know about. Our county has a leash law for cats as well as dogs, but some people just ignore such rules, and there is no enforcement ever since covid. If you know of a good way to get rogue cats to stay away, please let me know. I've been using peppermint, but I think he has become used to it. Yes, I have politely spoken to the neighbor to no avail. 

Spring Fledgling
mixed media

On a lighter note, if you really like birds and their songs, and want to identify them, try the Merlin app. Its free and its really a fun thing. There were so many songbirds in my back yard that I didnt even know existed, but Merlin found them and even gave me pictures, sounds and more. It's a Cornell Ornithology Lab app, so you know its great!

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Please visit her peaceful place. The door is always open.