Listen to the Mockingbird………

The Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) is the state bird of Texas, and also for a few other states.  And true to it’s name it really can do a heck of a job of miming other birds.  The one that dominates our back yard, can do a great bluejay, and others of our backyard birds.  I can go out there and make random whistles and it will mock me.  My wife says that I am always harrassing him.  But not true, just conversing with him.  He is very territorial about our/his yard.  And that’s the reason we don’t have very many other visiting birds hanging around long.  If we put seed out, he won’t touch it, but neither will he let any other bird have it.

My Stokes Field Guide to North American Birds describes the bird as slim ,flat-crowned, long-tailed, long-legged  with a fairly thick relatively short bill.   Gray above, whitish below, two white wingbars, white base to primaries creates a patch on edge of folded wing.   Indistinct gray eyeline, yellowish eye.  In flight, the distinctive white patches on outer wings are very visible.

Here are some of my favorite photos:

Going my way???

Fledgling Northern Mockingbird

Fledgling Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

I hope you have enjoyed these photos.  Click on the images to see enlargements.

Happy Birding!!

14 thoughts on “Listen to the Mockingbird………

  1. I am weather bound at home in Bronte as you are in San Angelo. I have
    been feeding and watching the birds out my window for three days now.
    As I only know the sparrow and the cardinal…I have been surfing the
    net to find out what the others are. Can you tell me where to find
    information and pictures of the backyard birds in our area? (I have
    enjoyed surfing this site by the way). Thanks

  2. Another bird I have never seen and yet have now seen it better than I’ve ever seen any of our native species through your excellent photographs. I love that you have a ‘relationship’ with your resident mocker. 🙂

  3. They are very interesting birds around here, they seems to never stop flying from one place to another or looking for food in the weeds.
    Love your pictures of them.

  4. I just think that first shot is pretty amazing because of the wing formation. I don’t know if that’s natural or if he was simply stretching, or what. But, it seems to me (one who knows nothing about birding) to be pretty unique. At any rate, I just love looking at your bird photography, Bob! Another great job!

    • Yes, he had been at the little pond, and he was just hopping and stretching. My fast lens just happened to catch the right moment. It is one of my personal favorites. Thanks for the kind words, Steve.

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