Thursday, August 20, 2009


NEWSFLASH!!! I am the victim of a stalker. I go in the kitchen and he is there on the deck glaring in my window. I enter my bedroom and eyes are peering back at me. I cannot seem to shake the eerie feeling I am being watched. OK, stop right here, go no further please-please-please until you read April's "Wake Up Maggie" and May's "She Rocks in the Tree Tops" then you may continue. You really need the history lesson. It's Squawk Box. No, not the boom-box that blares golden oldies into my yard. It is one of Maggie's fine feathered triplet fledglings.

Maggie has been with me many years providing entertaining fun and frolics with her vast repertoire but has never introduced me to her youngsters before this year. Two of the fuzzy gray and white down covered babes were skittish and kept their distance but not Squawk. Maggie disappeared for a time as she was in incubation mode but Squawk Box stayed with me. Each time I would open the back door I was welcomed to the gruff immature SQUAWK..SQUAWK..SQUAWKING boasting forth from this juvenile who has not yet come into his voice.

I was swimming the other day relaxing just floatin' to the oldies when Squawk landed on the pool ledge and be-bopped awhile. I was trimming hedges and I heard the grandest commotion racing through the front lawn, again it was the low flying bomber Squawk nipping at Rockey the squirrels tail. 'Chased poor Rockey right up the big old elm tree shivering in his timbers. Squawk Box,the image of his mother, will land on any object nearest me while I play landscaper.

I know someday as the voice matures on this gregarious fowl I will zip out the back door and instead of the varied prolong succession of notes that are suppose to be a melodious mockery of other birds I will hear a Motown melody and instantly know it's my newest friend Squawk Box.


  1. what a fun friend to have around!

  2. Hi Nezzy--

    What fun. I'm not much of a bird fan but I do enjoy watching them frolick in the yard with each other especially when I throw out old bread for them.


  3. I love birds! They are so fun to watch! Sounds like they keep you pretty entertained!

  4. I've never seen a Mockingbird before. It sounds like fun to have that interaction with them.

    I work for a woman who is a birder. For about 17 years she would have a fox sparrow visit in the fall through early spring, which is kind of rare in the city. After it passed, another took its place. She knew Foxy so well that she knew that it wasn't him who returned the next year. One early morning I was looking out on my patio where I feed birds when the weather gets bad, and I spotted one myself. I took a picture and she verified it as a Fox. I like to think that it followed me home one day and we are sharing the same bird. I think he bounces back and forth between our houses just checking to see who has the best food out for the day. I can't wait for him to return in October.

    It's nice to see others that have great bird stories.

  5. He-he-he, that is so cute. This reminds me when I was still in the Philippines and there was always that little bird by the window of my room, every morning. :)
    I enjoyed reading your post.

  6. It looks very cute in the picture.

  7. We have one mockingbird who lives in a sycamore tree in our back yard. There were three of them, but the other two actually fought to their deaths last August! I have seen the surviving bird chase a full grown collie to the end of our street, and swoop down on Fred as he steps outside to retrieve the Sunday paper. And poor Spooky, the cat, is terrified to venture outdoors in the daylight.
    I'm quite awed that you have the compassion to give your birds names. I'm afraid that one day I may break down and Kill myself a Mockingbird.

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  9. Great picture! That bird looks like he's angry. :O
    What was the exposure?

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