Many times in life the things that we look forward to may not live up to our expectations. Instead of finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, we might just find a pot of-well you know what I mean. Some moments in life may seem insignificant when we are experiencing them, but as time passes, we may look back at those same experiences with fond memories.
As I was thinking about all this, 4 Northern Mockingbirds we moving about in some nearby shrubs. On this particular morning, I decided to take some time to watch them. I have seen them so many times, but how often have I really seen them?
Their long tails and grayish bodies stood out in sharp contrast against the brilliant blue sky. I watched as one bird performed it's territorial dance. It would fly several feet straight up in to the air as it flashed the white under its wings. It then swirled back down to the top of a bush and repeated this ceremony several times.
Another bird flew 20 feet to the right and landed on a different set of bushes. Seconds later, it looped back around to its original position. It perched at the very top, and we stared at each other for what seemed like several minutes.Then it reached down and plucked a berry.
I could hear some of them performing a softer version of their songs. Some Mockingbirds have been known to have as many as 200 songs or sounds in their repertoire. I find it admirable the way it defends not only its nest, but also its winter supply of berries. This is a bird that knows what it wants.
I later traveled around to several other areas by morning's end looking for a so-called "good" bird . I saw a total of 37 species of birds, but none captured my attention more than the Northern Mockingbird. Many would say that it is a common bird that will always be here for us to enjoy. The question is, will we always be here to enjoy the Northern Mockingbird?