One of the things that I most look forward to at the end of winter is the return of the birdsong to my forests. And the rock star of the Appalachian Mountains is the mockingbird. Not all mockingbirds migrate. Some do and some don’t. Perhaps the ones that stay can’t really afford to take time off work or maybe the others are retired and have no reason to brave the cold. But the ones who stay seem to hold their peace through the dark months. Even though this winter has been a little on the mild side it wasn’t until after I noticed the days getting longer again that I heard the familiar rapidly changing song of the mockingbird. He likes to hang out in the picnic area in back of the office at my day job where he can find the occasional dropped morsels of food. I was thrilled to hear him again but he apparently wasn’t really as happy to see me. Being a city bird he’s pretty used the presence of humans and so when I sat down he hopped over expecting a tip for his songs in the form of a few crumbs. I however only had my camera in hand. The feathered little minstrel hopped around examining the grass for signs of a meal but upon finding only the grass he turned and gave me look which was captured in tonight’s feature image. I can’t really blame him for his Indignant attitude. After all, he welcomed me with a song and received nothing in return. And that really hurts when you work for tips!
Having expressed his scorn the mockingbird quickly moved to the trees and returned to his song hoping that the next human who comes along would be a better tipper.
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