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October 10th 2010    Tim Candler

    Moral support for the Close Mockingbird is a necessary behavior from subjects during times of stressfulness that follow seasonal change.    We cheer him on, suddenly become confused because all Mockingbirds look alike, including girl Mockingbirds.

    There are however ways to tell who might be who in this particular community of birds.   The Close Mockingbird has no fear of me.  Indeed he pretty much ignores me, which is as it should be, and it is something I have to accept, even though I sometimes find my feelings damaged by his aloofness.  

    The Far Mockingbirds are nervous of me, and I know this because they stare at me with curiousness.    But in time the Close Mockingbird will reappraise his view of me, and I expect by late winter I will catch him glancing at me in the way my old friend might have done.

    Girl Mockingbirds do not parade their song, they prefer to chase each other round and round a particular tree in the hope of one exhausting the other.   They chip at each other as they fly, and settle sometimes to gargle softly into their aprons because the heat out there is quite unnatural for an important seasonal and sometimes dizzy-making activity.

    When this particular tree is within the Close Mockingbirds domain, he will sing while the girls chase each other.  Then when they rest, the Close Mockingbird will pause in his singing,  fly toward the tree and chivvy them in a most ungallant way.

      It really is a rather unpleasant trait from the Close Mockingbird, which I hope will vanish should his years gather.

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