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Photography Challenge Day 177: Another mockingbird on campus (shortish post)

So the winner of today’s photography challenge is the mockingbird that I saw on campus this afternoon. So while the temperatures were still hotter than normal for this time of year (basically low triple digits, with a heat index probably ten to fifteen degrees hotter), I still went for a walk at lunch (mainly to get some chocolate).

As I was heading to the student union I noticed a mocking bird land at the top of a cedar bush, so I stopped and took it’s picture.

Mockingbird talking about the weather.

It didn’t seem happy with the temperatures (and who is happy with them)—hopefully it flew by the fountain in front of the library to cool off a little.

Since I’ve already done a post on mockingbirds, including interesting facts—I’ll just link to it—mockingbird. One thing I do find impressive about them—their ability to listen to something and then almost perfectly mimic it (hence their name—mockingbird).

I’m going to see if I can manage to get pictures of other birds on campus–such as sparrows, grackles, and starlings. If I manage to walk down by Theta Pond, I might see some ducks. Lunch walks may now become a thing I do–just to help get the steps in and hopefully as a way of managing stress and anxiety a bit better.

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Mockingbird on campus: Photography Challenge Day 26

Mockingbird in the cedar tree near the library.

Note: The references listed at the bottom of the post will take you to two different birding websites (allaboutbirds and audubon). While some of the facts may be general knowledge–I decided to play it safe and add in the reference links.

So today’s photograph comes from my walk to the student union during my lunch break. I kept hearing a unusual bird call, and when I was going past the cedar tree I looked back, and saw the mockingbird sitting on one of the branches singing. I find these birds fascinating in their ability to mimic (or mock) other birds, insects, amphibians, and other sounds (we once had some mockingbirds around our house that could mock our dog’s cough).

So what are some cool facts about mockingbirds?

            Mockingbirds are medium size songbirds (so they’re the same size as a robin). Their bills are long and thin with a slightly downward curve. When they’re flying their tail seems to be long, but that is an optical illusion since their wings are more broad and rounded.

           Their diet consists of berries (mainly in fall and winter), and insects. They like to eat grasshoppers, caterpillars, ants, wasps, spiders, earthworms, snails, rollipollies, and if they are really adventurous—crayfish.

            They’re very territorial and will attack others that venture to close to their nests during mating/nesting season.

            They have two to three broods a year (and that ranges from 2-6 eggs, with the average being 3-4). Both parents will feed and protect the young.

            Use to be considered a target for pet trade from the 1700s to the early 1900s.

            The only states that the mockingbird probably isn’t spotted in includes: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North & South Dakota, Minnesota, & Wisconsin (though it might be seen in the very southern parts of the state). It is found in the far southeastern tip of Wyoming and parts of southern Maine.

References:

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Mockingbird/id

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/northern-mockingbird

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