Friday July 6th 2012 Tim
That Mockingbird who is still
without tail feathers, has two children. Last year she had
her second nest in an Apple that is kept neatly trimmed, so as not to
cast morning shadows across pampered Vegetables. This year, her
second nest is in a Privet that my very own Artist also keeps neatly
trimmed, so that springtime exuberance does not to distract delicate
My own joy from this
second brood of little Mockingbirds, stems from a suspicion I had some weeks
ago when I saw their mother's consort, singing and dancing on the electric
pole. A behavior I connect to "Look at me! I am fantastic!"
There hasn't been much of that sort of a display in some years, and for a
while I wondered if an absence of tail feathers had led to a wandering eye.