Looking for Love

Looking for Love

In spring, mockingbird
Sings at night, looking for love
Keeping me awake

Wishing him good luck
In finding a mate so I
Can finally sleep

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I thought song birds were quiet at night. Turns out bachelor mockingbirds will sing at night, looking for a mate. The wisteria vine on the fence outside my window serves as a nice perch for one such mockingbird. I hope he finds a girlfriend soon.

Baby Bird Watch, Days 9 & 1

The Mockingbird nest is empty. I can hear the shrill call of the baby birds; they are hidden somewhere in the Mesquite trees or in the knee-high grass.

Empty Mockingbird nest

Empty Mockingbird nest

Now we have a Mallard hen hanging out underneath a larger Italian Stone Pine tree. Maybe she is nesting. Today is Day 1 on her watch, so we’ll see.

Mallard hen, maybe on a nest of eggs

Mallard hen (looking at her back), maybe on a nest of eggs

Baby Bird Watch: Days 9 & 1

Baby Bird Watch, Days 7 & 8

Day 7 Afternoon

Third baby bird

Third baby bird

I decided to photograph the empty Mockingbird nest but found it occupied! That made three baby birds, again. I could see two in the Mesquite tree and one in the Italian Stone Pine tree.

Day 8 Morning

I tried again to photograph the empty nest but one baby bird was sitting on a branch close to it, so I didn’t approach.

Day 8; waiting for Mom

Day 8; waiting for Mom

Baby Bird Watch, Days 7 & 8