Mockingbird Tales

Over the course of a couple of hours at a single vantage point, amidst many other sights and sounds, we watched Mockingbirds do their thing. Which is noisy territorial policing. In the distance, a Mockingbird chased a female Kestrel. (This also happened quite a bit with the local #BrooklynKestrels after fledging; a Mocker seemed to have appropriated the apartment building down the block during nesting.) The fledgling pictured above harried a Northern Flicker before getting into a swirl with another Mockingbird. Another adult was going after some of the three dozen Starlings who perched on an unused Osprey nest platform.

They’ll sometimes buzz humans, too. Mostly, though, they give a wheezy hiss as they pop up suddenly when you get in their space and give you the stink-eye.

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And now back to the front. Is fascism the apotheosis of neoliberalism? Sure seems like it.

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