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If you’ve been hearing an endless string of 10 or 15 different birds singing outside your house, you might have a Northern Mockingbird in your yard. These slender-bodied gray birds apparently pour all their color into their personalities. They sing almost endlessly, even sometimes at night, and they flagrantly harass birds that intrude on their territories, flying slowly around them or prancing toward them, legs extended, flaunting their bright white wing patches.

The mockingbird perched itself on the most open tree limb in the yard and raised its wings while facing in every direction.

This Northern Mockingbird was hiding in the trees. It worked hard to hide itself from our zoom lens’ eye. Every once in a while it would stick its head out to see if we were still there. It was at that moment that we took this pic. Males are a bit bigger than females, but other than that they look the same. Female mockingbirds do not sing as much as the males do, and they are much quieter as well. A male mockingbird can learn up to 200 different songs. Mockingbirds are monogamous, which means the pair will stay with each other for life.

This mockingbird ate some fermented prickly pear fruit and was acting very strange.

This Holly bush sits in front of my parent's home in Homosassa, Florida. On top of the holly bush sits a mockingbird named Shakespeare. He's spent the last four winter's right in the same spot and while I was there I saw him sitting there every day. For a mockingbird, he doesn't sing much unlike my parent's dog Heidi who loves to sing. I think this is because he is not too interested with courting and prefers to spend the days eating the Holly berries. Another more logical explanation is that Shakespeare is most likely a female who tend to sing less than the male.

 

Some things you may not know: The northern mockingbird is the Official State Bird of Florida. Florida designated the nothern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) as the official state bird in 1927. Northern Mockingbirds have extraordinary vocal abilities; they can sing up to 200 songs (except Shakespeare it would seem), including the songs of other birds, insect and amphibian sounds (even an occasional mechanical noise). The northern mockingbird is also the state bird of Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi. Interesting picks considering it's a northern mockingbird.

Taken on 06/08/2017 in Palm Beach County, FL.

 

Some debate on the ID of this Mocker. Normally I wouldn't think twice to call it a Northern Mockingbird but since here in Palm Beach County we have recently had a Tropical Mockingbird across the street from where this photo was taken, and the fact that this bird lacks the white wing patches of a Northern Mockingbird there is some doubt to its true ID. Also showing here is the white on the rectrices.

The mockingbirds love to pose and fight, the one in the back looks much worse for the wear, and a little rough on the wings too. The other one seems to be moving fluidly, maybe a little more confident! These two reminded me of old samurai movies, with their winds swinging through the air so much like katanas.

 

What I like best about the shot is the one on the bottom showing some type of defensive behavior, but doing so fluidly, look at his tail and how it balances the wing movement. This one is firmly anchored and drove off the poor intruder, who is looking rough. If you see him on large, you can see how rough he looks.

 

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Saw this on explore this morning! Thanks everyone for looking and commenting, I sincerely appreciate it! Y'all rock!

  

It's been really quiet for bird activity lately. On a brief outing all I saw was this Mockingbird taking in the late afternoon sun on a Spring-like day (14C/57F in mid-February!).

Le fond est la devanture d'un édifice où se promènent 2 Moqueurs polyglotte. /

The background is the front of a building where are 2 Northern Mockingbird.

Île-des-Sœurs, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Seen in the backyard this afternoon.

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A Northern Mockingbird perches on a branch in the Merced NWR last week.

Merced Photography Safari led by Donald Quintana Photography.

I believe this is a mockingbird, but maybe am wrong/confused?

Crescent Bend, Schertz, Bexar County, Texas

First session today with the Nikon D500 combined with the Tamron 150-600mm lens.

A Northern Mockingbird perches on a branch in the Merced NWR.

 

On an afternoon of passing clouds, a little burst of golden sunlight shines on a backyard mockingbird.

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