My fenced yard has been chosen by a new mother mockingbird to teach her babies how to survive. That she has chosen a yard where many cats live astounds me.
The other day the baby sat on the fence waiting for direction from his mom. It was near twilight. Clearly the baby bird knew it was supposed to do something but mom wasn't nearby. The reason: Peaches was perched at the far end of the same fence and had noticed him.
We watched with astonishment as Peaches slowly walked the top of the fence toward the baby. He didn't fly off to safety, rather sat obediently where his mom had left him. The closer Peaches got the more we feared for the baby mockingbird.
When it became apparent the baby was going to become a trophy kill, Peaches was plucked off the fence and hustled indoors. That's when the mother mockingbird returned.
This morning the young mother has two babies learning to survive in our yard. They hop along the fence. They fly to the neighbors roof then back to land on a fragile bush not designed to hold the weight of a bird. When the bush limb bounces, the fledgling flaps it's wings to keep from falling. Nearby, Mom watches with patience. She has a big job ahead of her.
Her Mother's Day won't be rewarded with flowers or candy or jewelry or a nice card. No. Her reward will be in the survival of her babies. Their rapid maturity to understand survival.
Her reward will be raising her babies to survive so that they too will live to raise their own babies.
Happy Mother's Day!