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Arkansas Granny

(31,577 posts)
Wed May 9, 2012, 02:46 PM May 2012

How cool. I just noticed that the mockingbirds have built a nest in the shrub outside

my office window. There are two eggs in it today. They had a nest in the same place last summer and raised one successful brood of 3 chicks. I'll keep you posted.

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How cool. I just noticed that the mockingbirds have built a nest in the shrub outside (Original Post) Arkansas Granny May 2012 OP
Regardless of the meme from the famed book Lionessa May 2012 #1
I'm sorry you've had such a negative experience with mockingbirds. Arkansas Granny May 2012 #2
I was stunned, not being from the area, and having been Lionessa May 2012 #4
They dive-bomb my cat too but she's never been injured. I love to hear them sing. nt raccoon May 2012 #5
They have a very strong maternal instinct..... AnneD May 2012 #7
I noticed that the mockingbirds in my yard take turns guarding the nest. Arkansas Granny May 2012 #8
And considering cats..... AnneD May 2012 #11
NICE! elleng May 2012 #3
Still waiting for hummingbirds here... Phentex May 2012 #6
My dear Arkansas Granny! CaliforniaPeggy May 2012 #9
They are really versatile with their sounds. One in my yard was imitating a car alarm Arkansas Granny May 2012 #10
 

Lionessa

(3,894 posts)
1. Regardless of the meme from the famed book
Wed May 9, 2012, 03:01 PM
May 2012

I hate mockingbirds. They are mean, hateful creatures that use to dive bomb all the cats in our neighborhood in San Antonio to the point that the poor cats heads were just huge pusballs of infected pecks and we had to make them all stay inside eventually. Bad Biirds!!! And no these cats would be doing nothing more than sunning on the porch or whatever. We had no nests near by that we could ever find and it wasn't like just on our street, blocks away my friends' cats had the same problem.

Arkansas Granny

(31,577 posts)
2. I'm sorry you've had such a negative experience with mockingbirds.
Wed May 9, 2012, 03:40 PM
May 2012

The only time they go after my cat is when they are defending a nest, and even then, she has never sustained any injuries. I think they are beautiful birds and I love to hear them sing.

 

Lionessa

(3,894 posts)
4. I was stunned, not being from the area, and having been
Wed May 9, 2012, 04:01 PM
May 2012

well prepped to adore mockingbirds through the book. It wasn't once or twice, it was year after year all year... It was very frustrating. Maybe our neck of the woods had a mutant species or something with causing over-aggression.

AnneD

(15,774 posts)
7. They have a very strong maternal instinct.....
Thu May 10, 2012, 04:13 PM
May 2012

they really get aggressive when they have babies in the nest...one reason they have survived. Blue Jays are aggressive during nesting season too.

Arkansas Granny

(31,577 posts)
8. I noticed that the mockingbirds in my yard take turns guarding the nest.
Thu May 10, 2012, 04:26 PM
May 2012

Only one at a time will be gone looking for food. The nest is being watched at all times.

AnneD

(15,774 posts)
11. And considering cats.....
Fri May 11, 2012, 09:23 AM
May 2012

feral or domestic are decimating the songbird population, I would say that is a wise thing to do.

Phentex

(16,338 posts)
6. Still waiting for hummingbirds here...
Thu May 10, 2012, 02:34 PM
May 2012

saw one in the backyard but none around the feeder in the front so far.

Enjoy your mockingbirds!

CaliforniaPeggy

(150,263 posts)
9. My dear Arkansas Granny!
Thu May 10, 2012, 04:35 PM
May 2012

How very cool!

A loooooong time ago, we had one singing in our yard, night after night.

My husband would go out on the front porch, and whistle a few notes...

It wasn't long before the mockingbird was singing those exact notes.

I LOVE hearing them sing!

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