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Tue Feb 9, 2021, 09:26 PM

Mocking bird? On my yard, southern MD

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Reply Mocking bird? On my yard, southern MD (Original post)
elleng Feb 2021 OP
sinkingfeeling Feb 2021 #1
elleng Feb 2021 #2
sinkingfeeling Feb 2021 #3
Arkansas Granny Feb 2021 #4
elleng Feb 2021 #8
WheelWalker Feb 2021 #10
soothsayer Feb 2021 #5
elleng Feb 2021 #6
shenmue Feb 2021 #7
elleng Feb 2021 #9
Marie Marie Feb 2021 #11
elleng Feb 2021 #12
Marie Marie Feb 2021 #13
elleng Feb 2021 #14
Marie Marie Feb 2021 #15
elleng Feb 2021 #16
Marie Marie Feb 2021 #17
Laurelin Feb 2021 #18
TuxedoKat Feb 2021 #19
BlueinFW Mar 2021 #20
elleng Mar 2021 #21
flibbitygiblets Mar 2021 #24
yellowdogintexas Mar 2021 #27
Donkees Mar 2021 #22
elleng Mar 2021 #23
Donkees Mar 2021 #25
NewHendoLib Mar 2021 #26

Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Feb 9, 2021, 09:27 PM

1. How long is the tail? Can't tell from the front.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 9, 2021, 09:29 PM

2. Here:

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Response to elleng (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 9, 2021, 09:33 PM

3. Sure looks like one to me.

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Response to elleng (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 9, 2021, 09:35 PM

4. Certainly looks like a mockingbird. They're handsome birds.

Is it unusual to see them where you live?

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #4)

Tue Feb 9, 2021, 09:41 PM

8. HAPPY to see this today; had been frequent visitors past years.

Maybe I should put water bath out again???

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Response to elleng (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 9, 2021, 10:03 PM

10. Never seen one here in Oregon. You've

given me the vision to see. Blessings.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Feb 9, 2021, 09:37 PM

5. Was he making fun of you?

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 9, 2021, 09:40 PM

6. Maybe! I was 'hiding,' inside my house!

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Response to soothsayer (Reply #5)

Tue Feb 9, 2021, 09:40 PM

7. HA!

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Response to shenmue (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 9, 2021, 09:42 PM

9. Nikon does a good job, even through windows.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Feb 9, 2021, 10:37 PM

11. I love Mockingbirds. One day, after washing my car, I was running a squeegee

over it to remove the bulk of the water. It was making the predictable squeaky noises and before long, I spotted the Mockingbird who was imitating the squeaks, Went on for about a minute. Another evening around dusk, we heard one begin to "talk" and we counted about 10 different calls he kept repeating. We used to have so many of them in our neighborhood but now, we are lucky to spot 1 or 2 every couple of months.

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Response to Marie Marie (Reply #11)

Tue Feb 9, 2021, 10:42 PM

12. WOW!

Will try to encourage them to come around, and then listen to them; did have a few, last year, but don't recall their 'talk.'

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Response to elleng (Reply #12)

Tue Feb 9, 2021, 10:51 PM

13. That's why they call them Mockingbirds. They imitate other birds, cats or even squeaky

wash lines. They are hard to attract as they don't eat birdseed. I read that they like dried raisins (aren't all raisins dried??) and I've tried putting some of those out for them but they never touched them. I think they eat insects. Today I saw one in my crabapple tree picking at the dried crabapples but I think that is because of the snow and no other food source.

If you ever find a way to attract them, please let me know. They are my favorite bird.

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Response to Marie Marie (Reply #13)

Tue Feb 9, 2021, 10:56 PM

14. Only way I'd 'attract' them is via water 'bath,' but as surrounded by creek and river,

don't know why they like my feeble bird bath!

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Response to elleng (Reply #14)

Tue Feb 9, 2021, 10:57 PM

15. Maybe if you add a little wine??

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Response to Marie Marie (Reply #15)

Tue Feb 9, 2021, 10:59 PM

16. VERY little, as 'my' wine ran out due to covid,

and not available now.

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Response to elleng (Reply #16)

Tue Feb 9, 2021, 11:33 PM

17. I understand completely - Cheers!

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Response to Marie Marie (Reply #13)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 08:51 AM

18. They eat insects

We used to get them at the bird bath and pond but not the feeders. Maybe try mealworms or, I don't know, gardening for pollinators to increase your insect population?

When I was a kid we had mockingbirds that nested on our chimney. We all played piano and "our" mockingbirds sang classical music.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Wed Feb 10, 2021, 10:35 PM

19. I think so

They are pretty common in MD where I used to live. One of my happiest memories was lying in bed at dusk and a Mockingbird was singing right outside for several minutes. He went through his repertoire of several songs. I donít have any in my yard although I keep planting fruit trees and bushes that I hope will attract them.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Sat Mar 20, 2021, 04:28 PM

20. I'm feeding a mockingbird

During our severe snow and ice episodes in North Central Texas Robins and Waxwings ate all of the Youpon berries and I felt sorry for our berry eating mockingbird. I soaked dried apricots and chopped them up into little pieces. The bird devoured them. Now, I put out orange halves and sunflower chips. I make a little sound that tells him that breakfast is served and he zooms in for his treats. He is not bothered if we are near, unusual for a Mockingbird. Soon he will be eating garden bugs.

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Response to BlueinFW (Reply #20)

Sat Mar 20, 2021, 04:38 PM

21. SWEET!

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Response to BlueinFW (Reply #20)

Sat Mar 20, 2021, 07:04 PM

24. That's awesome!

Welcome to DU!

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Response to BlueinFW (Reply #20)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 03:31 PM

27. Fellow Fort Worther here. We have at least one mockingbird which I have not

seen but have heard.

We also have woodpeckers around here - I can hear them but have yet to see one

Welcome to DU

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Sat Mar 20, 2021, 05:45 PM

22. Had a mockingbird visitor that was almost like a pet. He loved peanut butter sandwiches ...

with jelly. He would often peer into the front porch windows, waiting for his sandwich He was around for several years.

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Response to Donkees (Reply #22)

Sat Mar 20, 2021, 06:19 PM

23. WOW!

Had a few past years drinking from my bird'bath,' but they're not around so much now; did catch one on same tree as cardinal today.

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Response to elleng (Reply #23)

Sat Mar 20, 2021, 07:09 PM

25. It's been many years since I've heard mockingbirds singing at night, but catbirds still nest here

and they are as friendly and curious. During the coldest days this winter, there were four pairs of cardinals visiting the feeders at one time. Years ago there could be as many as a dozen pairs of cardinals appearing at one time.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Sat Mar 20, 2021, 10:31 PM

26. we have all three of the mimics in our yard now - Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, Catbird

Amazing vocalizations from all of them. The Thrasher, in particular, is a gorgeous bird

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