Mockingbird
(in a tree down by the cemetery last fall)

We were sitting on the farm house front porch,
enjoying after-dinner conversation,
birdsong,
daylight diminishing,
when I noticed a Mockingbird
flying up and down
in the grass
below the Arborvitae trees.
Soon, a snake slithered out of the grass
and across the driveway,
Mockingbird flying at it,
repeatedly.
Finally, the snake made it across the driveway
and into other grass,
farther, I presume,
from Mockingbird’s nest
and Mockingbird returned to the tree.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
(on a wire at Turtle Rock Farm this spring)

Another day recently,
driving home from Enid,
I saw a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
attacking a Red-Tailed Hawk
sitting on a fence post.
There were no nearby trees,
so I don’t know what was happening
between them,
but I wonder if the hawk threatened a nest somewhere
and the flycatcher chased and followed it
to the fence post
and continued its protest.

It’s always a joy to see these birds—
and snakes—
and especially interesting to get to see
their encounters with each other.