When someone mentions a flycatcher, we tend to think of phoebes or swallows or even blue-grey gnatcatchers. But, ha, the northern mockingbird is good at catching insects in flight too. Yesterday, I caught up with a mockingbird, on the wing, chasing his breakfast at the lake.
While working on my archive project, I remembered this photo from this morning. I swear this Northern Mockingbird has the exact same expression on his face that I’ve had on my face for at least the past month! Just wondering if any of y’all recognize yourselves in his expression as he goes almost cross-eyed as he surveys this eccentric human being watching him… as she is wondering what tomorrow will bring.
Doc Ellen is angry, frustrated and afraid for a lot of our songbirds.
I stopped by one of the Jordan Lake boat ramps this morning to meet a friend and share his birthday.
Instead of celebrating, he and I examined a mockingbird nest.
Yes, that is fishing line woven into the nest. The parent birds think the fishing line is a natural vine.
Through the years I have found nests of several species made entirely of fishing line.
Neither adult bird nor chick nor fledgling can break the fishing line if they get entangled.
600 years is what it takes for fishing line to degrade.
A moment is all it takes for a fisherman to gather his discarded line and properly dispose of it.
A moment versus 600 years shouldn’t be a hard decision to make.
I am letting the northern mockingbird greet you today.
He is literally singing in the rain here at the lake.
this landing at the very top of a pine tree came after a quick zip up into the air to catch a flying insect