Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Mockingbird Serenade

The Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) is not unknown in our urban neighborhood. On the other hand, it is far from a regular resident of our backyard or neighboring properties, though I seem to have seen and heard it about more frequently this year than in the past.

It was with great pleasure, then, that my wife and I enjoyed an extended serenade of a mockingbird singing from atop our neighbor’s antenna the day before yesterday. In addition to it’s own varied song phrases, I heard snatches of songs or calls of at least five other species: Killdeer (Charadrius vociferous), Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata), Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus), Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis), and Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis).


Blogger Larry said...

Mocxkingbirds are great-In the middle of their singing, they often jump up and give a wing display as well-glad you enjoyed it.

July 06, 2007 9:29 PM  

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