Mockingbird Song For Yard & Garden
I heard the song of the mockingbird today. Such an amazing bird. The male pretty much sings all day and all night. And both male and female sing much of the year, not like some birds that sing only during mating season. They sing as they build a nest, when they try to get food, and when they are taking care of their babies.
They have their own song but more often than not you’ll hear them mimicking the other birds around them. They can sound like any other bird they hear. They can also mimic a cat, horn on a car, a telephone, you name it!
I was able to capture these photos from a ladder at the nest we discovered yesterday when friends were romping through our trees. I saw one of the mockingbird parents fly into a young pine tree, giving the location of the nest away.
Are they hungry, yawning, or practicing singing?
When I look at the throats of these baby mockingbirds, I think of all the notes that will come from this choir someday! Look at the ear hole on the one on the right. And that huge, gaping mouth must be so Mama Mockingbird can put food into it – it won’t likely fall out!
Soon Mother and Father will be feeding the voracious babies on the fly.
Last year, an adult mockingbird sang to me repeatedly for days while I gardened, making me feel it was singing to me alone! How sweet the sound. But when we found its nest, that same parent proceeded to angrily dive bomb me and attempted to peck my head (well, at least it brushed my hair). I got the message pretty quickly and fled at a trot. I was back the next day, just for a peek, and two attacked like kamikaze pilots.
Attracting Your Very Own Mockingbird
Attracting a mockingbird is not hard at all. If there isn’t already one near your home, one will most likely come and make your yard its territory if there is a source of berries. He will fiercely chase off others mockingbirds keeping a certain distance apart. While their main diet is insects, mockingbirds love berries. They may also come for fruit like oranges, apples or banana placed on a feeding platform.
The male especially loves to show off, making his presence known by perching boldly at the top of shrubs and trees. They will often turn their back on you and ignore you!
What amazing and sometimes curious gifts we have been given by the Creator!
“To be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.” ~John Burroughs
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