Mockingbird Aerial Display
Every February, a mockingbird appears and claims the large Yaupon Holly in my front yard as his territory. Today was the first really warm spring day we have had and I noticed the song of this mockingbird was especially loud.
I went out to observe and, not only was he singing enthusiastically, he was also putting on an aerial show by repeatedly flying about three feet into the air and spreading his wing and tail feathers.
The Northern Mockingbird's mating season begins in March. In an effort to attract a mate, the male will become increasingly exuberant. He will flash his wings as he puts on an aerial display, and will often sing while flying from one stopping point to another.
Photographed in my front yard on March 9, 2010. I just found a video (by Ron), showing the exact same behavior that I observed this morning: ca.video.yahoo.com/watch/376489/2281915