Monday, September 29, 2008

Northern Mockingbird - Bird Photography Weekly #5

This week for bird photography weekly I have selected to show one of my picks of a Northern Mockingbird.

N-Mockingbird Photo by Alan Pulley (2008)

I took this photograph while trying to sneak a peak at its nest earlier this summer. This mockingbird mother was not happy about me poking around her nest to say the least! Mockingbirds are very territorial. They will often dive and attack intruders that come too close to its territory. But what they are best known for is their complex songs that include imitations of many other birds. Each song is repeated three times or so before changing to the next song. Males are most vocal in the Spring, and both sexes sing in the Fall. Mockingbirds can also be heard singing at night.


Vickie said...

Did she dive at you? They can be pretty vicious sometimes.

While sitting in my car once I had fun watching a juvenile flashing the white of his wings. He was so funny, jumping around and opening his wings over and over again. I never saw him get an insect but he was getting a ton of practice.

Anonymous said...

I love listening to Mockingbird riffs and picking out other bird songs mixed in. The expression on her face is precious. Bev

Alan Pulley said...

Hi Vickie,
Actually yes, she did dive at me but she never made contact. I think she was giving me a warning first! I left the area before she had a second chance at it again.