Please don’t feed the birds

There has never been a lack of mockingbirds in the neighborhood, but lately it seems there is an abundance of them–their songs so constant that I notice more the absence of their song than their constant singing.

I have several bird feeders in my yard. I suppose I inherited my love of bird watching from my mother. And while I’ve seen an abundance of sparrows, finches, blue jays, cardinals and dove, it is rare to see a mockingbird eating from a feeder. Their diets consist of insects and berries–not the typical fare in most commercial bird seed. Which is why I found it sort of ironic that a mockingbird would choose to build its nest right next to my bird feeders, among all those free-loading doves and sparrows.

I’m not much of photographer, but I was pleased with how this picture turned out, and I never knew how beautiful mockingbird eggs were. We have three ladders in our garage. I had pulled out all three before I was able to capture this shot atop the highest one.

Capturing mama bird in the nest proved to be next to impossible, but if you look closely you can seen her eye peeking out behind the leaves of the tree.

I’ve considered taking pictures of the baby birds once they hatch, but I think I’ve invaded her privacy enough.

“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”

~Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

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6 Responses to “Please don’t feed the birds”

  1. Allen June 18, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    Our postage stamp subdivision backyard graces two bird feeders and a birdbath. Saturday night, we sat at a nondisclosed mexican patio restaurant eating dinner and tossing pieces of tortilla chips to finches. Yeah, we like birds 🙂

  2. Jake June 18, 2012 at 9:04 am #

    Such a good book! I remember reading it as a class in fourth grade. It made my teacher cry… Oh man. I feel old, that was a long time ago. Too bad Harper Lee don’t write more…

  3. SimplyDarlene June 18, 2012 at 11:18 am #

    Those eggs sure are purty. We have lots o’ bird around here but none really hang out because of our canine situation.


  4. Megan Willome June 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    One of the best quotes ever. And quite good photos, too!

  5. karenzach June 19, 2012 at 1:43 am #

    One of my favorite posts, for obvious reasons. You will have to careful now. That mama is likely to divebomb you for snooping around her nests. The eggs are stunning, tho.

    • katdish June 19, 2012 at 6:50 am #

      She’s been busy divebombing squirrels and doves. That tree is just outside my office window and it’s been quite entertaining.

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