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#115244 - 11/10/03 01:24 PM Re: pictures  
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I love this! Keep us "posted," WW.


#115245 - 11/10/03 02:33 PM Re:No bird  
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Well, my bird has not returned. I practiced for an hour this morning, and tried to find higher passages from "The King and I"--but no little bird. If he doesn't appear by this afternoon, I'll drive up to church to get the anthem that he seemed to be obsessed with that Saturday he stayed with me for eight hours.

maahey--the report from David Dunn was wonderful!!!!!! Oh, Lord, I wish I could have seen those ravens over the Grand Canyon! What an extraordinary miracle he witnessed there among trumpets!


#115246 - 11/10/03 06:04 PM Re: pictures  
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Dear WW: if you have any roses that need pruning, take a stalk with thorns, and impale raisins on thorns. It might look more natural to the mockers.
Here is a URL with some more mockingbird pictures:
http://www.afn.org/~don/mock.html

In the URL,he talks about birds having "gray eyelids". I think he may be mistaken, and was describing the "nictitating membrane". Here's a URL, scroll down 1/3
http://ebiomedia.com/gall/eyes/protect.html



#115247 - 11/15/03 11:33 PM Re: Mockingbirds  
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The bird has returned. He liked the march in "The King and I." I am so relieved he is back. It's dark now, but he returned right before nightfall to peck at the window.


#115248 - 11/16/03 12:15 AM Re: Mockingbirds  
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looking forward to hearing more, WW!



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#115249 - 11/16/03 11:54 AM This Morning He Woke Me  
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I was asleep in my bedroom, which is directly above the living room window where he sits and listens, when I heard pecking at my bedroom window. I recognized the familiar sound, and looked at my window. There sat mockingbird looking in at me. Immediately I got up, he flew away, and I went downstairs to where my parents were drinking coffee and told them that the bird had awakened me. Grabbing a cup of coffee as quickly as I could, I went to the piano and began to play for him--and, sure enough, within a minute he was at the living room window looking in and pecking every now and then.

Do you think this bird is smart enough that he now recognizes my head and knows that I'm the one who plays for him? I must admit to being shocked that he pecked at my bedroom window while I slept. Perhaps it was just coincidence--he just happened to fly to a new window--but he has, in the past, only pecked at the living room window. He looks rather fat as far as mockingbirds go, by the way.

Must get ready for church, but this latest report couldn't wait.


#115250 - 11/16/03 02:42 PM Re: This Morning He Woke Me  
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WW!!!!! How wonderful is this!!! I feel like singing out loud!
WW, we must name him, don't you think? I suggested Yehudi, sometime back.... What shall we name him?
And, I think he does recognise you; he must have made a connection between you and the music.


#115251 - 11/16/03 03:35 PM Re: This Morning He Woke Me  
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I just found Latin name of mockingbird: Mimus polyglottus.
Too bad it is so hard to tell gender of them.
If WW's bird were female, "Mimi" would be a good name.
"Je m'appel Mimi....


#115252 - 11/16/03 07:04 PM Re: This Morning He Woke Me  
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He really hasn't sung yet; he just pecks! Mimus polypeckus.

I wish I could play for him this afternoon, but there is a huge stack of student maps that need laminating--and that will take most of the afternoon light. But I'll try to hurry and maybe get little Yehudi Mimus polyglottis back for a while before dark. maahey, I wish you were here to see this.


#115253 - 11/16/03 07:08 PM Re: Just now!  
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Just as I was posting the above post, there behind me was the familiar tapping--the bird was again at my bedroom window saying hello to me while I sent the post from this laptop.

Oh, well. Bird wins; laminating loses. I'm going downstairs to play for him. With that kind of fan, there's no way I can disappoint him!


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