Although the phrase “shades of gray” has been sullied as of late, I’m making it the mission of this post to redeem the words and restore them to noble use! And what could be more noble than using them to describe the Tufted Titmouse and the Northern Mockingbird, the two birds starring in this “Double the Pleasure” segment.
First the Titmouse. Furtive is a good word to describe him. He darted down to grab a peanut and was so quick that I only had time to snap one photo before he had flown off. Pretty sure he gives a new meaning to the term “fast food!”
This Northern Mockingbird (who sometimes brings his mate along) usually stays in the front yard perched at the top of our huge Holly Tree where he LOUDLY and repeatedly goes through his whole repertoire of songs. He has been coming around to the backyard more frequently lately to partake of the Bark Butter.
He usually is not at all bothered by my presence, although he will occasionally shoot me a look that rivals the grumpy faced expression of the male Bluebird.
The birds starring in this post are beautiful in their “shades of gray”; but if you are one for whom the phrase has been forever tarnished, I offer this fellow as evidence that the words can still be used for that which is less than noble!
Seriously though, the Titmouse and the Mockingbird are so lovely it makes you wonder how anyone could find gray to be a dull color.
Don’t tell the other backyard birds, but these guys are two of my favorites!