Mad Mockingbirds & The End Of The Gazebo


Yesterday morning the Oklahoma wind was so crazy that the gazebo was jumping all over the patio. It was scary. 

So I finally got a hammer and pliers and went outside to start taking it apart before it did a lot of damage. 

I was unable to take many of the screws out. When Israel put it together, he had electric tools, and I don't. 

Plus the rods holding it up have been bent from this spring's winds, making it even harder to get to the screws.

The legs of the gazebo are even bent now from the beating the wind has been giving it.


I ripped the canvas top off the rods with my pliers so that it wouldn't blow around so much. It was like a lid on a boiling pot of hot water with that thing on it.

When I couldn't get any more done, I emailed my daughter. Her husband, who drives a pick-up, will try to come over after work to see what he can do. 

They are getting ready for a trip this weekend to celebrate their 15th wedding anniversary. Hard to believe my baby is 38 years old and has been married 15 years. Time does fly.


Two enraged mockingbirds kept swooping down at us, so I assume they have a nest out on the patio. 

I put the dogs inside. Years ago I had a friend whose dog's eye was pecked out by a mockingbird. So I'm not taking any chances.

 
Oh my, these two birds squawked like someone was beating them. I imagine they won't let anything get near their nest. 

I would not want to do battle with these mockingbirds.


Yes, I'm sad about my gazebo. I loved it. I enjoyed it tremendously in the year I had it. 

But Oklahoma winds are truly brutal. I had the same type of gazebo in Texas for years, and nothing ever happened to it.

But this isn't Texas. The wind truly does come sweeping down the plains, and it can blow down most anything in its path.


Another Oklahoma blogger, who I think has since stopped blogging, once told me in an email that the wind blew her earrings right out of her ears.

Now that is a heavy duty wind!

 
The only thing that might get to the bird's nest, I imagine, would be the wind blowing it from wherever it happens to be.

And that would be one predator that the mockingbirds would not be able to fight. 

I sure hope that doesn't happen.

 

37 comments

  1. maybe you could try a table with an umbrella in the center and only have the umbrella open when you need it for shade when you are outside. Yes Oklahoma winds seems to be as bad as a few other states we have been in when traveling

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    1. I can't afford to do anything right now. I've got Abi's teeth cleaning coming up next week and that's close to $200, depending on what they have to do.

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  2. I am so sorry to hear about your canopy because it looked so beautiful out there. The winds were very scary here in Indiana too. I have not experienced the wind that strong without a thunderstorm/hail/rain. My pups didn't like the wind either. Gave up trying to walk them because they were chasing everything that moved. I don't know what I was thinking to buy two puppies (sisters) at my age. I forgot how much work puppies were and that my stamina is not the same. LOL So sorry about your canopy. I thought with the fence for protection that you wouldn't have any trouble. Have a great day!

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    1. I thought the fence being close around the gazebo would help too. And everything was fine until this past spring.

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  3. Oh wow! Sorry to hear that about your gazebo. I know you enjoyed it so much.

    We have had a robin attacking our windows for a couple of days. Very annoying, not to mention the mess it's making!

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    1. I did love it. But I don't dwell on things like that. If it's gone, I just remember the good times sitting underneath it and move on.

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  4. A concrete table and benches with an umbrella in the center has been my answer to winds. Try it! Btw, I didn't get mine at an expensive garden center, I got it for $50 through Craig's List.

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    1. Just not in the cards right now. Have had a lot of vet bills the past year. The pupsters come first.

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  5. Sorry about your Gazebo. We have had some pretty wicked winds here in Chicagoland too. I have a Robin with her babies in my wreath on the front door. I am trying to pack things up to move next week and now I think I am going to have to leave the wreath for the new owners. I just hate the thought of taking it down with the babies in the nest still. Oh Mother Nature!!!!
    Kris

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    1. I've heard about Chicago winds. About a legendary as OK winds I suppose. Sorry about your wreath!

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  6. No wind here, we got snow! At least a couple inches. Heavy and wet with the leaves, so branches are coming down all over our little town. Power outages, transformers blowing up. Ahh, Spring time in the Rockies!! Sorry about your canopy. It was lovely out on your patio!

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    1. The electricity flickered on and off last night due to a big thunderstorm here.

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  7. I know you will miss the gazebo, but those winds are dangerous. Hugs!

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  8. Oh that's a shame, Brenda. I know how much you enjoyed that gazebo. Perhaps an offset umbrella like I have on my deck may work? I have a giant square offset umbrella that I open when I need shade, but keep closed when I'm not out there. I have the base weighted down with 4 concrete square tiles. The base is made to accommodate the tiles, they sit on a flat edge and slip into notches. Hard to describe, but it works!

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    1. Going to have to wait due to finances.

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  9. Here on the Oregon Coast, we get high winds too. We've seen little birds chasing a bald eagle away from their area. It was too far away to see what kind of birds they were, but they were very fierce!! A patio umbrella sounds like a good idea.

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    1. I'd love to see little birds chasing an eagle!

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  10. So sorry about your gazebo, Brenda. It was beautiful and useful.

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    1. I enjoyed it while it lasted. It made it through last spring. Just not this one.

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  11. How disappointing that your gazebo is no longer. It looked like such a nice place to relax and be out of the sun. Dang! I know you are going to miss it so much that you find a replacement of a kind that the wind can't budge. The reader who suggests a cement patio table has the right idea!

    Those mockingbirds are really aggressive aren't they? I don't know if we have them up here in Michigan. I've never seen one, but after your description I think I won't seek any out! Although, they are pretty-looking birds and I guess they have a right to protect their young but it seems like they mis-judge the seriousness of the danger!

    It's been windy here in MI for the last few days, too. In fact there was a warning on my on-line weather site for high winds until around 8pm. is it and "ill wind" that blows no good, or a clearing-out wind making room for better things?? Maybe a better "gazebo"!!

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    1. I'm going to let up on what I add around here, because management/owner isn't fixing things. Might have to move.

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  12. I love mockinbirds! they are lovely voicec!And they are very intelligent bird!

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  13. That wind was bad here in Missouri also. My daughter and her husband and family was headed east with their camper and had to stop in a little town named Herman and bed down to get off the interstate I-70 because of high winds, they thought winds was going to blow their camper off road.I tried to work in my flower bed after work but couldn't keep my hair out of my face even with hair clips LOL

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    1. I wouldn't want to be out on the road with a camper in strong winds!

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  14. I'm so sorry about your gazebo. A sad day.... but maybe something else will work down the road.
    I know the weather has been crazy that part of the country. Where I'm at it's just HOT and no sight of rain. Things could be worse I guess.

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    1. It's rained and rained here. Yeah, maybe someday I'll figure out something else.

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  15. I do not miss the Oklahoma wind!

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    1. When I lived off and on in TX, that was the one thing I didn't miss. Well, there were a lot of things I didn't miss about OK.

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  16. I'm sorry about your gazebo, Brenda, I know how much you enjoyed it and it looked so nice at the end of your patio. We had terrific winds here Tuesday and Wednesday. I just came in from outside and it's very still and humid. I guess we'll be getting some rain next. We really don't need it right now.
    Great shots of the mockingbirds. I love to hear them singing their different songs.

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    1. We got a big storm again last night. Tree debris all over the patio. Along with all the screws and stuff that came out of the gazebo I haven't had the energy to go out and pick up yet.

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  17. So sad that your gazebo didn't survive the wind. We live at the top of a very windy hill with no wind breaks and plan to buy a patio set with folding umbrella ... will retract it when not in use. A nice compromise for enjoying shade. Hope you find a solution that works well for you.

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    1. Just better catch that a storm is coming and get it retracted!

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  18. Very sad about your gazebo. We've had a lot of wind here in Illinois, as Kris said. I have very old walnut trees and I fret over one of them toppling over (one near the street did several years ago, no one was hurt). They would crush our house.

    I never saw a picture of a mockingbird. For some reason I thought they looked like crows. I'm not crazy about anything mean, especially to my pets. If you can find the nest and there are no eggs, maybe you can move it. My husband does that all the time near our house as our activity can make the parents flee and abandon the littles.

    Good luck with everything.

    Jane x

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    1. Nope, as you see in the pics, mockingbirds are rather gray.

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  19. So sorry about the gazebo and the scary high winds..it does seems as if the weather is much worse; stronger, heavier, bigger ( storms, hail, flooding etc ) in much of the country.

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Brenda has been writing since grade school. She majored in professional writing/journalism in college, where she won awards for her feature writing. She loves to decorate, garden, enjoy nature, read and spend time with her Yorkies.
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