The Northern mockingbird. . . . . . . . is known for vocal mimicry as they imitate songs of many other birds. Proof of their repertoire, often up to several dozen songs, have been recorded, plus sounds such as a squeaky wheel, human whistling, even a dog bark. Many of those 'melodies' offered by a young male mockingbird filled the garden last night. Sleeping with the windows raised made the songs coming from that one bird enjoying his late night out, even louder. He had to be on a tree branch right outside the window and he stayed there singing non-stop from midnight until around 1 am. I was reading, who could sleep during such a beautiful serenade. BTW, mockingbird males prefer to sing in the middle of the night so this was nothing out of the ordinary.
Northern mockingbird : Mimus polyglottos
Silvery gray head and back with light gray chest and belly.
White wing patches seen in flight or during display.
Tail mostly black with white outer tail feathers.
Black bill. Male and female same coloring.
Non-migrator in North Carolina.
Food : insects and fruit, they come to suet feeders too.
Territorial and a family will stay in the same garden for many years.
I've managed to take photos of a lot of mockingbirds over the years,
above are a few of my favorites.
Do you live within the sound of these true song birds?
There will be no more sleeping with the windows open - at least
for a while. The air quality here is now being impacted by the
smoke drifting south from the horrendous Nova Scotia
wildfires. I'm sad for Canada losing so much of its beautiful
forests and countryside as these fires sweep across the country.
Hopefully they can soon get rain and enough human assistance
to put the fires out.
Stay safe all my Canadian friends.