5/25/13

Saturday's Songbird (Special Edition!)


For today's special Songbird post, I'm featuring the Tennessee state bird~ the Mockingbird. 
We have an abundance of these wonderful (but loud!) bug catchers in our yard, and they usually stand still long enough to let you take their picture better than most birds. But be careful getting too close to their nest... they're aggressive and will let you know you're too close for comfort by swooping toward you, and have even been known to give a perceived predator a swift peck on the head.

















Hope everyone has a great weekend and a wonderful Memorial Day!!

28 comments:

  1. Bird is that kind of animal that we always like. I believe that you can hear from them if some animal is close around.

    Like the last pics when it's walking:)

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  2. I miss all of the mockingbirds at our last home. Not quite so many here, so it is twice as enjoyable when I do hear one.

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  3. We have them too! And YES! Aggressive is the word for them!
    hughugs

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  4. I do so enjoy a Mockingbird serenade filling the woodland. Your photographs have captured the illusive singer perfectly.
    Wishing you and yours a splendid weekend!
    Warmly,
    Judy

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  5. i have a death wish on our mocking bird, not all the time, just when he gets stuck of one song for an hour, talk about long... they can sing over 400 songs, and ours can sound like our telephone.

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  6. I live in Wisconsin...and no I am sad to say I have NEVER heard a mockingbird. My son, Atticus, he would like to see and hear a mockingbird too. :-) I had him look at your beautiful photos, so he knows what one looks like.

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  7. also state bird of Texas and I luv 'em - sometimes they'll have such an intricate long song. Not many in my yard - mostly cardinals here but there is one who likes to serenade us into church for the early service every Sunday!
    Great pictures - nice and sharp

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  8. They really do sing there little hearts out! Have you seen them go after the hawks and other "bigger" birds that dare come towards their nests,,,truly fearless.
    Love this post.

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  9. i LOVE these characters! and love their litany of songs, too!

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  10. We used to have a mockingbird sit on the fence and fuss at us as we had our coffee on the back porch. I always looked forward to seeing him every morning! This went on for a long time and then one day he didn't come. :(

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  11. I have never seen one here! They're beautiful birds!

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  12. You got some great photos of the mockingbird. I love those birds. They are interesting to watch. Here, they always let everyone know if a mongoose is close by.

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  13. Heehee-that last picture made me smile-he's really high steppin'!
    Love ya!

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  14. Great pictures of our state bird, Paula! Ha, I've been swooped many times on my way to the garden. Here's a link if anybody wants to hear this crooner sing.
    http://www.tnwatchablewildlife.org/details.cfm?displayhabitat=100%20Common%20Birds%20of%20Tennessee&sort=color_gray&typename=100%20Common%20Birds%20of%20Tennessee&uid=09041620142975523&commonname=Northern%20Mockingbird

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  15. Hello!

    We have some of these in our yard!
    I didn't know what they were.

    You've educated me today. We live just outside Joplin in SW Missouri.

    Those little Tennessee birds made it a long way!

    Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,

    Laura

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  16. We have a mockingbird sitting outside right now singing up a storm. At one point he sounded like he was quacking too
    Benny & Lily

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  17. I've always loved mockingbirds! You got some wonderful shots! Really nice. Hope you are having a great Memorial Day weekend. I wanted to let you know about the newest bee news...A bee researcher in Illinois has had his bees confiscated by the state without a warrant and killed his queens. He was researching the effects of Monsanto on the bees. I pinned a piece on my Board on Pinterest if you want to check it out! AWFUL! Russell and I went to the March Against Monsanto rally yesterday with a ton of signs to try to educate people. It's the first time I've ever done anything like that, and it felt good. A small thing, but "something."

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  18. These are familiar friends to this Texas girl. We have one that mimics a duckling with its peeping. Drives me crazy.

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  19. Happy Memorial Day! What a beautiful birdie!
    I hope you are having a wonderful long weekend!

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  20. Mockingbirds are so sleek. You captured some very good pictures. I think the mockingbird deliberately posed for you knowing itself to be quite lovely.

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  21. The Mockingbird is also our state bird here in Texas! I love the way they sing!

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  22. Yes, they are quite a bird. Also our state bird here in Texas!

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  23. Beautiful birds for sure. I never see or hear any around here..Hugs, xo

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  24. These are fantastic photos of the mockingbird. This bird is really pretty. Now I know what that bird looks like. We have some around our home, too. They are pretty birds.

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  25. yes--mockingbirds always like to attack my cat! they can be quite mean.

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  26. those are great close-up pics.

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  27. We had a lot of these at our last house. They are big and loud!

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