By Gary Bogue
Monday, July 16th, 2012 at 5:55 am in Mockingbird.
My neighbor cut back a tree close to our front window in which mockingbirds were nesting. On going to the front window the next day, I saw this babe (above) in our junipers and was lucky enough to get this shot just as the adult came with a beak full! The chick managed somehow to get into another tree close by, although it was not flying yet, and we watched for about 6 days as the parents took care of it before it was able to take off.
It was astounding to see that little (or not so little!) bird being cared for and reared without its nest. I’ve wondered what may have happened to the others in the nest. But at least one survived. It’s sad when people cannot wait to cut trees, even when advised there are nests in the tree. Oh well.
It’s been a wonderful Spring!
Joannah Henrichs, El Cerrito, California
Think positive. Maybe the other chicks manage to flutter to a nearby neighbor’s yard where the mom, assisted by the dad, was also feeding them there. We can only hope.
Trees should be trimmed at the end of summer … and then, only after checking to make sure the birds have finished nesting. Anyone can check, by the way, by calling the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek at 925-935-1978. Ask to speak to the wildlife hospital. Explain you want to trim your trees and and ask if the birds have stopped nesting. Thanks for caring, folks! /Gary.