Mocking The Mockingbirds

As I wrote Monday, there’s an ongoing saga between the mockingbirds that have nested nearby and our cat Jiggy who thrives on tormenting them with a nonchalant front that drives the rightfully territorial birds to madly and bravely put themselves at risk in almost entirely vain attempts to drive Jiggy away by divebombing him and filling the air with shrill cries that I finally realized were mimicking the call of certain raptors such as red-tailed hawks.

While I find it fascinating that mockingbirds would adopt such a sound, and I’m sure it might be effective in striking fear into some of the local wildlife only all too familiar with what that noise portends, in Jiggy’s case it just doesn’t mean a whole helluva lot, as shown in this vidclip I got and YouTube’d this morning.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."