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The Northern Mockingbird

The Northern Mockingbird is the Tennessee state bird. The scientific name is Mimus polyglottos, translated as “many-tongued mimic.” The name highlights the mockingbird’s ability to mimic not only dozens of other birds’ songs, but also devices such as musical instruments, warning bells, cell phones and car horns. It is amazing to listen to their sounds, just like other birds.

The mockingbird is known to many by its habit of singing thought the evening and night. They can be very annoying at times because of their non-stop loud singing.

The Northern Mockingbird is very territorial and will dive and attack intruders, including homeowners and their pets, and may even attack its own reflection in a window. This has happened on my deck once but thankfully the bird flew away unharmed. Also, mockingbirds used to chase Momma Kitty years ago. But she was faster thank goodness.

I found a nest of eggs in my yard and wasn’t sure what type of eggs they were. Thankfully I quickly identified them as mockingbird eggs. I snapped a few photos and came back inside. They can be very aggressive, especially when they have a nest full of eggs. But I do not blame them for protecting the eggs, most birds do the same.

Nature is amazing and I learn something every single day.


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Written by Carol DM

Enjoy nature photography. Amateur self-taught photographer and love every minute of the photos from my yard and Dustin's garden. Sunset views from my deck are very peaceful to watch, capture and share. I have two cats, Brendel and the Dude. I share both special and funny moments I capture of them with you.

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