In the comments of Annika’s Parrot post someone mentioned a bird making all kinds of crazy sounds at night. Well, that might the be public nuisance bird – aka the mockingbird. I’ve had one perched in the palm tree next to my bedroom all week and it’s been driving me crazy.
The northern mockingbird is apparently capable of singing 200 different songs. They break down in the following categories: 50% car alarm, 20% bird, 10% Byrds, 10% film score, and 3% ska. The rest is an odd mix of nursery rhymes, Sheryl Crow, Counting Crows, Paul McCartney & Wings, and, of course, Neil Diamond. Mockingbirds were highly prized for their singing during the 19th and early 20th centuries, until the advent of radio. It was, in fact, the first audio format to become obsolete, and possibly the angriest. This mockingbird was following me through the park the other day, showing off his plumage in a manner that one might describe as “somewhat effete.”
My mockingbird likes to sing the car alarm song. However unlike the car alarms, the mockingbird doesn’t shut up after 5 minutes. It continues to sing until I get out my 22. But wait, I would never shoot an innocent little bird. No, but I did threaten it. It hasn’t come back for several days. But when it does, I’ll be ready.
photo and text used with permission by Anthemic