Yellow-eyed Mockingbird

yellow-eyed mockingbirdRecently, a new mockingbird came to the feeder while I was playing one of the low E flutes, I’d just finished making.  I’d not noticed this particular mockingbird before.  His eyes were particularly bright and yellow — which I’m not sure you can tell from the photos.  Many of the mockingbirds have green, brown or dark orange-yellow eyes.

Since I work outside on many parts of making the Native American style flutes,   birds and squirrels often take a while to get used to me working within 2 to 3 feet of their feeders.

yellow-eyed mockingbirdThe only birds who don’t have a fear are the very new and young birds.  If they are hungry, they fly to the feeder and indulge in suet, sunflower seeds or a drink.  The parents teach their children wariness.  But eventually, as the birds mature, they  learn it is safe to come to the feeder especially if I am playing a flute.

The Carolina wrens and mockingbirds particularly love to come and sit on the feeder and either listen or engage in a duet with the flute music.  They often chatter away when I am not playing the flute, and then settle into a pattern once flute playing starts.

Suffice to say, I notice when there is a new bird joining the potential choir. And of course, the bright-yellow-eyed mockingbird is welcome.

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