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The Northern Mockingbird

A Northern Mockingbird was here on August 4, 2012 in the yards.  It was very entertaining to see this musical noisy bird.  The Mockingbird interacted with the Red-headed Woodpecker as I mentioned in yesterday’s post.  it also perched on the electric line in front of the house for a long time.  It sang many songs reflecting its intelligence and age.  These birds learn to mimic the songs and calls of many birds in their environment.  The Mockingbirds eat insects, seeds, and nuts.  They are smaller medium-sized birds with grey and brown and black coloring.  I don’t see the Northern Mockingbird very often but do enjoy their antics a lot!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Now I Know!

The Northern Mockingbird has been a great mimic of Red-headed Woodpecker here.  I have been fooled a few times thinking I was hearing a Red-headed Woodpecker or a Red-bellied Woodpecker or even a Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker Woodpecker!  Now I know why.  Oh the Woodpecker and the Mockingbird should be friends (to paraphrase and borrow from the great musical play, “Oklahoma” by Rogers and Hammerstein).  Ha!

I was out with the camera on Sunday, August 5, 2012 and saw this juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker up on the dead top of one of the Oak Trees next to the pond here.  There also was a Northern Mockingbird up near the Woodpecker.  Both seemed busy working on finding insects in the tree.  I think that the youngster just was inexperienced and did not mind the presence of that Mockingbird.  My guess anyway.  Note that the juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker actually has a dark brown head.  They do not get that scarlet red color until adulthood.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!


Don’t believe all the bird calls you may hear.  I recently was fooled by what I thought was a Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker Woodpecker.  I chuckle to myself just thinking of it.  The song was so convincing that I just knew that the big woodpecker was nearby in the trees.  No!  Guess what the bird was?  Yes, it was the master mimic, a Northern Mockingbird!  Wow!  Unfortunately that mockingbird was in deep shadow and quickly disappeared before I could take good pictures of it.  The picture here, is of a Northern Mockingbird that was in the gulch area near my yard.   I took this particular picture last Fall.   Please click on the thumbnail images to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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