My alarm clock

by Jennifer on July 7, 2008

I don’t know why I would want to wake up slow and easy on a summer morning, at my leisure, when I can (and do) wake up to this sound. Against the stucco on the side of my house. Right outside my bedroom. At 6 o’clock.

And the little bastard doesn’t even make me coffee.

I don’t suppose my sweet little bird friend has watched the mockingbird scene in Failure to Launch, the one where the poor little mockingbird found himself on the business end of an air rifle. (Oh relax, PETA. I wouldn’t do that. Just trying to scare the little bugger.)

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Hilary July 8, 2008 at 12:47 am

Oh, but it’s cute! Sorry for the rude awakening, though.

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Crazycath July 8, 2008 at 3:48 am

That’s cute! But not at 6am…..
I knew you wouldn’t shoot ’em. Not you.

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Crazycath July 8, 2008 at 3:49 am

Errr – what did CommentLuv do with my last blog post?

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Kate July 8, 2008 at 5:12 am

Yeah, that would NOT work for me either.. because I am not a morning person.. meaning my mood is not pleasant upon waking to begin with.. and even less pleasant if something unexpected wakes me up.

I don’t even like using an alarm because it hurts my nerves.

My boss just can’t grasp the concept that I need to start work a little later in the day.

Stupid boss! ha ha ha ha ha!

Louise July 8, 2008 at 6:33 am

I think it’s a charming little thing. But I know you view the morning differently than I do.

Maybe you could leave HIM donuts every morning, and he’ll help himself and be quiet until at least 9 a.m. (I think donuts wouldn’t make so much noise as wood.) Maybe you would have to inject them with insects, but what’s a little work to have some peace in the morning?

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tysdaddy July 8, 2008 at 6:33 am

We got a few of those little buggers. Not exactly right outside my window, but close enough.

I am a bit of a morning person, so I don’t mind the birds so much. It’s my neighbor’s John Deere that’s due for a single shot through the engine block . . .

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Lisa July 8, 2008 at 7:46 am

Maybe the mountain lion will get him 😉

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Gwen July 8, 2008 at 8:23 am

Oy. We have the geese who fight on our roof, about 5 am, every spring, winter and fall morning. I have considered giving up my gun-free lifestyle for them. So I completely relate, PETA be damned.

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Ree July 8, 2008 at 8:23 am

He’s kind of knocking politely. I get screeched at by the robins. 😉

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Madge July 8, 2008 at 8:32 am

with friends like that who needs children?

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Suzanne July 8, 2008 at 8:59 am

I have to say, the video made me laugh….yea, I’ve had one of those little cuties doing their construction thing outside of my window….but I’ve never had the urge to shoot them…..perhaps because I find it so adorable that they would actually knock like crazy to create a little hold in a big piece of wood.

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Daryl July 8, 2008 at 9:26 am

OY .. we used to have a very LOUD bluejay who thought sunrise was the perfect time to taunt our cats … sigh .. the feeling of them jumping on and over us to get to the window made me wish I had an air gun .. pfft to PETA

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anymommy July 8, 2008 at 9:52 am

Cute? Not so much. We had one of these little buggers in a tree right outside our bedroom window last summer. My husband had the tree cut down. I kid you not. So much for living in harmony with nature. I still feel a little bad about it, but he was a LOUD creature.

Jules~ July 8, 2008 at 11:26 am

Amazing how such a cute little thing can make so much noise.
Did you ever happen to read Colleen’s blog a couple months back as one of David’s Post of the Day? She had shared all the details with us about how a bird had made a nest in the wall of her bedroom and the parents AND babies were keeping her up.

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Jenn @ Juggling Life July 8, 2008 at 11:31 am

MIne waker-upper is the cat. But at least I can throw her across the room. Again, relax PETA. I’m jk.

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flutter July 8, 2008 at 11:44 am


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Ari (Baking and Books) July 8, 2008 at 1:00 pm

Yikes, that’s got to be quite the rude awakening! Not sure how you get rid of a mockingbird though. Maybe buy a cat? (I’m half kidding)

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Tina July 8, 2008 at 5:25 pm

We had one of these in our oak tree for three summers. The noise was bearable each year except the last. I don’t know if he was desperate for a mate or had scrambled his brains with all that tapping, but he was driving everyone within a one block radius crazy. One evening, the rather large branch he had been working so hard on fell onto our neighbor’s car. We never heard from him again, but did wonder if he had finally pecked his way through the branch…the neighbor with the damaged car wasn’t terribly happy but the rest of us were.

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Shelby July 8, 2008 at 6:59 pm

a rude awakening indeed – but great video to share…now try and get some sleep 🙂

Mrs. Schmitty July 8, 2008 at 7:54 pm

Ahhhhhh….nature sucks, doesn’t it?

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Rhea July 8, 2008 at 7:57 pm

Way too early for such chipper chirping, I agree! What’s their secret? They don’t drink coffee…do worms have caffeine in them?!

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Carolyn July 8, 2008 at 10:21 pm

And I thought the frickin’ handyman hammering on something next door at 7:30 this morning was bad. Guess not. You win. (In a sucks-to-be-you-for-winning sort of way.)

And now for the philosophical part of my comment – I wonder if the noise inside that bird’s head is loud too? Do you think they have some sort of amazing sound barrier skull that leaves them impervious to the loudness of it all?

I wonder…

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we_be_toys July 9, 2008 at 12:55 pm

I have heard that placing a fake owl statue (no, seriously!) near the area the woodpecker is hanging out will deter him from pecking there. My friend Ms. Q had this issue and bought an owl decoy and put it on the roof. Danged if it didn’t get rid of that little pecker!

Now if you can get him to make coffee, all bets are off – he’s a keeper!

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the mama bird diaries July 9, 2008 at 8:44 pm

Girl, you should try two buildings under construction next door and across the street. Yes, they work saturdays.

That bird is a loud little bugger.

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