The Northern Mockingbird can be a pesky bird but I love photographing them. This one had just come out of the birdbath and the antics that followed were interesting to watch. I guess there is a lot more to drying feathers than we humans know. I snapped photos of this one for at least fifteen minutes before it decided it was dry enough to take off. This post is to share the mockingbird antics with you. Why, if you check closely, I think there is one photo where he is sticking his tongue out at me. 🙂 This post is mostly photos of the antics of the bird. Hope that you enjoy.
- It’s not just other mockingbirds that appreciate a good song. In the nineteenth century, people kept so many mockingbirds as cage birds that the birds nearly vanished from parts of the East Coast. People took nestlings out of nests or trapped adults and sold them in cities such as Philadelphia, St. Louis, and New York, where, in 1828, extraordinary singers could fetch as much as $50.
- Northern Mockingbirds continue to add new sounds to their repertoires throughout their lives. A male may learn around 200 songs throughout its life.
- Northern Mockingbirds sing all through the day, and often into the night. Most nocturnal singers are unmated males, which sing more than mated males during the day, too. Nighttime singing is more common during the full moon(source: allaboutbird.org)
Those facts don’t have anything to do with a mockingbird taking a bath but I bet that bath time is one of the few times that they stay silent. They do have beautiful clear voices and many times you can mistake them for other birds. Do you have mockingbirds in your area? Do you enjoy their antics as much as I do?