The closest stop sign is over a mile away and the first traffic light is 5+ miles down the road. A visit to the grocery store is almost 30 miles round trip. It's quiet here; just the sound of toads and coyotes at night. It seems very still, but when you look close there's always something happening. Read on about a few things we've noticed over the past few years.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Ever heard the song of the mockingbird? I have a one word description: T-A-L-E-N-T! They mimic other birds' songs and each version is repeated three times. They often sing at night too. Mockingbirds have territories of 1 - 2 acres per couple. They sing to defend a breeding/feeding territory against other birds, cats, and snakes. From head to tail they are 11" and feed on insects, lizards, small snakes, and fruit & berries. They also come to feeders. This bird is found in all states of the continential US except Oregon and Washington. I love hearing their songs...it's a wonderful lullaby I listen to on summer nights when sleeping with the windows open.