The northern mockingbird (
Mimus polyglottos ) is as common in our area as the American robin is
in the northeastern part of the country. They get their name
from the fact that the males create unique songs by stringing together
sounds they have heard, but always ending with the mockingbird
However, while composing a song for the coming season, they
sing bits and pieces, which they are considering, and it is sometimes
difficult to identify the source as a bird.
mockingbird is eating
loquats. When the
neighbor with cats moved, I had to put a net over my blackberry
vines and tomatoes. The white wing bars and white side stripes on
the tail are key identification marks.
The males often perch where where they can guard their territory, and advertise for a mate. They sometimes begin singing hours before sunrise, which upsets some light sleepers. Especially when their songs include sounds such as car alarms. The one I found most annoying was the time the bird which claimed our yard imitated my electronic alarm clock. Pressing the snooze button didn't help.
This male (Watching me because I'm closer to his nest than he likes.) has a slight deformity of his beak. Because of the identifying mark, we know that this bird nested in our yard for at least five successive years. Mockingbirds will "dive bomb" anyone approaching too closely to their nest. Although serious injury is not likely, it is an unpleasant experience.
return of a parent. Mockingbirds generally build two successive
nests in different sites each year. This one is in our tangelo (citrus)
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