Open Thread - 05-27-22 - Little Bird
Back on 4-12-22 I posted a comment about a little Northern Parula that had been banging on our window. Well, it's now 5-27-22 and it's still here, banging on the same window every day, multiple times per day, incessantly. As a matter of fact the little bugger is banging on the window as I write this.
Here's a video I recorded on 5-12-22, one month after my initial post (1:03 - captured with my phone):
If you follow the link to the comment I included above, in the sub-thread dystopian makes this distinction: "They have a neat buzzy insect-like ascending trill for a song." He's exactly right, that's how they sound. I now know it very well.
Parulas nest in Spanish Moss. That's a Crepe Myrtle tree on the other side of the window. Not far on the other side of the Crepe Myrtle is a huge oak tree loaded with Spanish Moss. The Parula no doubt is nesting in the oak tree and flies down to the Crepe Myrtle to, oh I don't know, have some fun banging it's head on the window?
We first noticed the Parula in early April, here it is 44 days later and its is still trying to get into that window. I figure it has either a severe case of OCD, or a severe need to get away from a nest full of young ones.
Actually, my best guess is it is seeing another Parula in the window and wants to escort it away from its nest.
While we're on the subject of birds. Have you ever heard the lonesome sound of a mockingbird singing in the night? It's a real thing. There's been one, probably a lovesick male, in our yard for at least a couple of weeks. It really is sad and sorrowful. Kind of reminds me of myself back in the day.
Bonus question: Have you ever wondered what was going through the head of the Easter Islander that cut down the last tree on the island?