This morning a Mockingbird landed on the wire outside my door and began its call. Mockingbirds are considered mimics; they repeat the calls of other birds as a means of defining their territory. This bird cried out a loud, series of calls and I began to listen. The calls were unclear to me and I wondered who he was mimicking; so I opened my door wide, stepped into the doorway and gave myself fully over to listening.
The calls I heard from this single bird included the: House Sparrow, Robin, Purple Martin, Blue Jay, Carolina Wren, Common Tern, Cardinal, Cowbird, Grackle, Starling, Herring Gull and Red-Winged Blackbird. There has been a Mockingbird outside my door every year for the seven years I have lived at the shore. This morning I wondered if this was a new, more prolific male or had I finally truly listened?
I am grateful when I choose to open the door to awareness and take the time to listening deeply and with my heart. To make this simple choice is an act of love and healing.
LISA SITKO says
Love the awareness. I have a mocking bird that resides at my work place. He has been there for years. It’s always nice when I hear him reciting his songs with such enthusiasm.
Yes, they are enthusiastic. I heard a Mockingbird at Mary Ann’s sing the song of a Killdeer.