Recently, 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.
The 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.
- Northern Mockingbird (littleworldofhope.com)