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The Differences Between Mockingbirds and Eagles
by Leah Sellers
2018-05-22 08:49:22
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“Pa, what are you doing,” Ma Mockingbird chirped from the edge of their Home Nest.

“I am practicin’ my triple loop, swoop and scoop maneuver on the Grub Worms and Grasshoppers, Ma ! Watch this !” Pa Mockingbird said as he rolled into a triple aerial loop, swooped forward and scooped a large flying grasshopper into his gaping beak. He then flew up into the Nest grinning proudly at his fine feathered Life’s Mate.

mockin00001_400“Very impressive, Pa, and the Grasshopper will make a good supper for all of us later today, seeing as we have already had our breakfast of cheesy Grub Worms early this morning. But you are supposed to be helping me with Spring cCleaning, Pa. We have got to get the Nest ready for our new batch of Hatchlings. I’ll be laying them soon,” Ma said matter-of-factly.

“I wish we could get Chick to fly the coop, so to Human Speak, and find a Mate of his own. I’d like to teach my GrandFledglings my new triple loop, swoop and scoop maneuver,” Pa Mockingbird complained.

“Pa, Chick is different, and we’re living in different times. We just need to be kindly patient, and fly beside him until he finally finds his foot-and-wing in the world,” Ma Mockingbird said gently.

“And stop using Chick’s behaviors as an excuse for your own, Pa,” Ma Mockingbird said as she switched gears quickly. “We need to get the Nest ready for what We need to have it ready for.”

“But Ma, I am already late gettin’ down to the ’Ole Domino Gang, and catchin’ up on all of the Human gossip and goings-on in the world…..”

“I don’t care, Pa. I, too, am late getting down to the local Public Library that I like to visit every day as well,” Ma Mockingbird interrupted sharply. “You do not see me trying to get out of what must be done first, in order to get my other needs fulfilled beforehand.”

“Why in the feather pluckin’ world do you go down to that ’ole local Library every day, Ma ? How borin’ ! You can’t even read all that Human Hen Scratch, that’s plopped down on all of those collected pieces of paper they call Books,” Pa Mockingbird sneered.

“And you sure as heck, don’t know how to work their bingin’, bangin’ fangled Machines that hold all of those Books, and other Human Bein’ comings-and-goings in the World,” Pa Mockingbird harangued. “And you call what I do a waste of time ?”

“Pa, I am very impressed with the Human’s local Public Library. It’s not just a Building to go to in order to borrow Books or learn things out of their Computer Machines,” Ma Mockingbird quipped.

“The Humans also have special Arts and Crafts classes for their Human Fledglings. And they have local Student and fully grown Adult Human Art Exhibits.”

“They also have Special Human Speakers come in and talk about Books they have written on all kinds of topics or just talk about important things they think other Human Beings need to know about all sorts of things.

“The Humans also go their Public Library to listen to local Musicians play all kinds of different sounding Music. The Public Library is the Hub of the Local Community.”

“Music ? Now, that’s Music to my finely feathered earholes,” Pa Mockingbird cheeped with interest.

“We Mockingbirds are famous for all of the local Bird snippets and pippets we string together every-which-a-ways, each and every day ! We are Master Songsters ! I try and create at least a thousand different arrangements a day ! Pa Mockingbird said proudly.

“In fact, I have always thought that we Mockingbirds should have been the National Bird, instead of the Eagle,” Pa said sourly. “What can the Eagles do that we Mockingbirds cannot do ?”

“Well, Pa they are Raptors. They can fish the lakes, and fly off with a large critter called a salmon. Eagles can swoop down and grab a Rabbit or a Groundhog right out of it‘s hidey hole. They have even been known to dip and grab unattended Human Babies from the ground in order to feed their young. Mockingbirds have never, nor will they ever, be able to do such things, ” Ma Mockingbird said flatly.

“But, Eagles cannot Sing the Songs of The Many the way we Mockingbirds
Do, Pa !” Ma Mockingbird said defiantly.

“Eagles may be bigger and badder. They may be more impressive looking, but they cannot Sing the Sacred Soul Songs of the Birds ! We Mockingbirds are historical and musical Recorders and Informers of the Bird World around us. And we lift those Sacred Soul Songs high each and every day in as many ways a possible for all creatures great and small to Hear - to Experience ! We help to keep the Voices of The Many Alive and Aware !” Ma Mockingbird trilled.

“Well, I guess we Mockingbirds will just have to settle for bein’ the State Bird of Texas, and a measly ’ole diet of Grub Worms, leapin’ Grasshoppers, crickety Crickets and an occasional slitherin’ Lizard for now, Ma,” Pa Mockingbird said in defeat.

“And there is nothing wrong that, Pa,” Ma Mockningbird chirped brightly.

“Now, please, go fetch me a few extra twigs for the final work on our Nest, and both you and I can fly off to our day’s Educational Entertainment. You with your ’Ole Domino Gang and me at the Human local Public Library,” Ma Mockingbird cajoled.

“Ma, I wonder of those Human Bein’s have a Dummies Manuel for Bird Nest Building, that can show us a faster way to get this very laborious job done ?’ Pa Mockingbird queried.

“I’ll check on it, Pa. That and a Dummies Manuel for Managing Lazy, But Loveable Dimwits,” Ma Mockingbird said lightly as she wove another twig into their soon-to-be incubating Nest.


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