Wednesday May 7th 2014 Tim
Mockingbird's are partial to the Strawberry.
And I guess it's really decent of us to grow so many of them, giving a
Mockingbird plenty of chance to pick and chose, peck this one then that
one until he finds the perfect Strawberry which he will then proceed to
peck to death, and if he's lucky he'll divide it in two so that he
can fly up to the electric wire with half a Strawberry in his beak, and
just sit there so that anybody who might be watching can be thoroughly
impressed and not in the least irritated with him. And of course
this sort of off hand, entitled behavior from Mockingbirds results in
considerable plotting from Gardeners, one of whom is kind of fond of
Mockingbird's while the other hunts through Soldier of Fortune Magazine
during her lunch break.
compromise achieved back in the winter, when we were all
worried about simpler things, consisted of two basic
strategies. The first was a six foot blow up snake,
that was absolutely guaranteed to discourage even the
peskiest of pests. A Joke Gift, I guess. And if the blow up
snake achieved anything, The Artist reports, it appears to
be a magnet for Cardinals, much in the same way that
Sunflower seeds attract Cardinals. And on occasion the blow
up snake has almost given me a heart attack, which might be
incidental. The second strategy The Artist came up
with, and which I thought brilliant, was to paint Strawberry
shaped rocks in ripe Strawberry colors, about thirty of
them, which is not something even an artist can accomplish
in an afternoon, and then sneakily dot them around the
Strawberry bed close to Strawberry ripening season.
And if you really need an answer, it's "No, it doesn't."