Last night a mockingbird practiced his scales near the house – so loud that I woke up. A quick check of the time told me that it was just before 4 o’clock in the morning. Wow, I thought, that mockingbird seems to be wooing his mate along the lines of: “I’ll sing for you until the earth moves.”

And then the earth did move… At 4.04 this morning we had a 4.4 earthquake!

No more sleep after that; I always feel a bit uncomfortable for several hours after a “shaker.” Instead we had an early breakfast and then took a walk – and who did I see still doing his little song and dance act on a telephone pole near the house?

Bingo! Our friend the mockingbird.


Young man, as much as I admire your efforts to attract a mate, don’t overdo it again, right?

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