But recently, our neighborhood has had a mockingbird take up residence.
I'm sure you've all heard of the classic 1960 story, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I read it in junior high, and it's a wonderful tale that really doesn't have much to do with mockingbirds but social injustice and the end of innocence. I love it. But this isn't about that.
Back then, mockingbirds would "mock" the bird calls of other birds. Not so today. Today, it's all about car alarms.
And the particular mockingbird that has settled in one of the trees near my neighbor's yard has decided to grace our early morning hours with the cries of various Toyotas, Chevys, Mazdas, Fords, and Saturns...
Not necessarily the kind of music one would like to wake up to at 2:00 AM...
Honestly, it's starting to affect my sleep. It's been going on for a week! I've taken to wearing uncomfortable foam earplugs that make me feel like I have a sinus cold, resulting in something like "mock-sleep", making me tired all day.
Surely, surely there is a way to handle this kind of unwelcome guest--it's worse than a neighbor's party because at least you know the party will end eventually... This warbler seems to require repeat performances and encores that screech on and on and on... I wouldn't mind if they were bird songs. But going through the range of harmonic car alarms is a bit trying... Even car alarms stop in the end. This bird is worse than the Energizer bunny...
Relishing this in my life ain't gonna happen. LOL!
Albino Mockingbird by glenn e wilson, Creative Commons License.