This post has nothing to do with the Harper Lee novel. Sorry to disappoint. Also completely unrelated: "Tequila Mockingbird" would be a good name for a cocktail-- I should trademark that, if it isn't already. Never mind, I just checked-- it's already the name of a cocktail, and a band, and a few bars. Oh well. On to the story...
There is a local bird who has been driving me nuts as of late. It screams at all hours. I lay in bed at one in the morning, tired and trying to sleep despite this nasty cold that I've been suffering through, and all I can think about with my eyes closed is this noisy-ass bird that loves to mimic every loud noise it hears, but has a particular fondness for the whistles and shrieks of our neighborhood's car alarms.
That's right, car alarms. The mockingbird is a peculiar bird-- they are known for mimicking the songs of other birds, and even the creaky noises that insects make, in loud and repetitive loops. This one hangs out right outside my window and has been hanging out there for weeks, ever since I got back from Philly.
I posted about this bird a week ago on Twitter and a friend tweeted about the romantic comedy movie Failure To Launch.
It's funny because I had recently watched this film, in its entirety, partly because Ben had it on and was watching it when I walked into the room.
He eventually left to meet up with friends, but I watched the rest of the movie on my own.
The movie is not something I would typically watch, but it's cute and stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew McConaughey, and Zooey Deschanel as SJP's roomie.
Deschanel's part in the film involved a noisy mockingbird that perched outside her window and wouldn't go away.
She eventually teams up with a love interest who happens to own a Red Rider BB gun (A Christmas Story, what!?), and they stalk the mockingbird from her bedroom window and Deschanel shoots the bird, causing it to crash to the ground.
I found this image of the mockingbird on this website, but I manipulated and edited it to suit my tastes.
I don't plan on doing anything of the sort, I would never hurt an animal, but I want this bird to swoop to a new coop-- if you know what I mean.
Anyone have any experience with a noisy bird like this?