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A Northern Mockingbird

I hear this Northern Mockingbird pretty often but only see the lively bird once in a while.  This time the song I heard was an imitation of the Northern Cardinal.

It makes me laugh when the Mockingbird suddenly changes its singing and out of the open beak, comes the song of a totally different species of bird.  Just like that, two or even three bird songs in a row.  Talented!

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Have a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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An Early Post on Northern Mockingbirds

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I am posting early and probably will not post tomorrow.  We will have a tropical storm or hopefully not, a hurricane around.  I live in Central Florida on the very Southern edge of where this storm from the Gulf of Mexico is expected to pass over Florida.  I do not expect trouble but our Internet service sometimes goes out in bad weather so I wanted to let you know why I am posting early.

I hope you will enjoy seeing this pair of Northern Mockingbirds that live here on my street and mostly in a nearby neighbor’s yard.  For awhile, I had hoped they would nest in my bushes but alas they did not.  The pair chose the neighbors shrubbery instead.  These birds are clever mimics and here love to confuse the residents with their sweet sounds of Northern Cardinals, and even Palm Warblers.  Ha!  Both birds of this pair, also do enjoy perching on the corner street sign.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  As ever, enjoy!  I doubt we will have a rough go during the storm.  Everything should be just fine and I will post again on Wed. as usual.

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Nesting Northern Mockingbirds

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A pair of Northern Mockingbirds has decided to build their new nest in one of the local shrubs.  I love hearing the two sing!  Such melodies they have.  The two have been collecting grasses, sticks and soft tender plants to line the new nest.  I think they will be laying eggs soon.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!

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Sweet Songbirds and a Surprise

Male Eastern Bluebird

Male Eastern Bluebird

We went to what we thought was a Burrowing Owl Preserve here in our area a few days ago.  We heard from a resident who lives next to the preserve, that due to the presence of Coyotes, the owls had left that large field preserve area a few years ago.  I did spot a trio of songbirds and surprisingly, a small Black Racer Snake, which is non-poisonous.

The Eastern Bluebirds cheerfully sat on the wooden fence surrounding the large field that had been the home of the owls (supposedly now it is home to Gopher Tortoises which we did not see).  After the Eastern Bluebirds left, a Northern Mockingbird took their place on the fence.  I also spotted an Eastern Blue Jay in the trees next to the fence but there were too many leaves in the way of my shot to get a good picture.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Female Eastern Bluebird

Female Eastern Bluebird

The "Surprise"! A Black Racer Snake

The “Surprise”! A Black Racer Snake

A Northern Mockingbird

A Northern Mockingbird

Yard Birds

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

A male Northern Cardinal, a young Eastern Blue Jay and a Northern Mockingbird all were spotted in my front yard yesterday afternoon.  It was blazing hot and some of the birds are likely now starting to molt.  At least that is the way they look to me.

Molting is when the birds change feathers from breeding to non-breeding colors.  It is nature’s way of taking care of older feathers, which drop out and are replaced by fresh young ones.  The birds do not feel very well during this time.  It is especially hard now because of our hot rainy weather.

That Blue Jay is likely just a recently-fledged juvenile and is probably not in molt.  The poor bird was really hot!  I took these photographs on August 9, 2015 at about 4:30 PM Eastern Time.  The temperature was about 91 degrees F.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

Older Juvenile Eastern Blue Jay

Older Juvenile Eastern Blue Jay

Two Spring Songbirds

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

A Northern Mockingbird and a Mourning Dove were pretty much the birds I had been able to photograph in the last couple of days (I did see some Crows, too).  The weather here has been very windy and cool.  I also believe that many of the birds are nesting and possibly, molting (seasonally changing feathers).

I took these pictures yesterday in the afternoon here in our development.  The Mourning Dove was standing on a decorative landscaping rock and periodically cooing, which is why in one picture, you see the bird’s throat puffed outward.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!  Have a very happy Easter!

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Large, Medium & Small Birds

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A Snowy Egret, a Red-shouldered Hawk, and a Northern Mocking Bird were seen on March 16, 2014 and on March 18, 2014 here in my area.  I spotted the egret on the largest rainfall retention pond here.  The mockingbird was spotted perched on a shipping container in the parking lot of the health club that fronts this particular pond.  The hawk was sitting in the old Pine Tree across the street from my house.

It rained in the last couple of days so our ponds have again filled with water.  The hawk has been around here a lot – I think it is the same one that the crows have been after.  I sure get a lot of enjoyment out of viewing the many birds here in my area!  Pretty soon, I hope to be seeing more of the herons and Ibises here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy

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