One spring day I came home and found this young fellow, a mockingbird, perched at the door. Evidently his mom kicked him out of the nest, and he wasn’t sure what to do. Slowly, carefully, I approached and sat down three feet away. He did not seem disturbed by my presence, although his mom was none too happy. I waited a few minutes. He moved toward the stairs, spread his wings and took off. Moments later, he returned, landing in the same spot. Another moment or two passed and he took off, again, this time for good….
Mockingbird is the state bird of Texas.