Hello everyone! I'm back and catching up with you all. It has been an amazing weekend with a lot of finds and I can't wait to share those posts with you all. Although, I'm done with these chigger bites. They are terrible this year! So don't look at the bird bath. It's disgusting and has since been cleaned. But apparently, the wildlife doesn't care. In fact the more algae, mosquito larvae, and less water it has....the better!
Once common at El Presidio, this Northern Mockingbird stopped by for a quick bath and drink. Residents called this bird "the Papagayo". I have no idea what that meant but it stuck. El "Sr. Papagayo" made lots of exotic and tropical bird noises in our courtyard at the end of May and into June right before monsoon. It was the most beautiful sound to hear and many residents left their doors open to listen to the comforting and continually random calls he learned from other birds over his lifetime. Which begs the question, "Who were all those interesting characters he met?!"
He was indeed a "Sr." because he was looking for a mate. When I first met him in person, I was, how shall we say, underwhelmed by the appearance. Then our pool was removed and el "Sr. Papagayo" never returned. Perhaps it was the water, but for two seasons his voice was not heard at El Presidio. They flew around in our neighborhood but never stopped by our gardens.....until now.
You don't realize how precious something is until its gone. When this Mockingbird made a return to the gardens for the first time, my heart leapt. I constantly look out my window for the new birds and when I saw our newly returned visitor, I had to contain my excitement and slowly grab the camera.
The secret? We need to get our fountain into the courtyard and then perhaps, "El Sr. Papagayo" will return on a regular basis. So welcome back my feathered friend:) More tomorrow....