For the Birds forum: Mockingbirds

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Feb 12, 2010 9:26 PM CST
Name: Miss Mary
Memphis, TN
Hard to imagine why such a hard-to-get-along-with fellow (or gal) like this is our state bird (Tennessee).

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Feb 17, 2010 11:19 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
They are quite photogenic indeed!

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Instead of running after perfection, why not simply walk in faith?
Feb 23, 2010 10:45 PM CST
Name: Mike Stewart
Lower Hudson Valley, NY
Zone 6b
Miss Mary,

Mockingbirds have lots of positive traits that characterize the good people of Tennessee - they're bold, persistent, and vocal (and I should know; I used to live in Memphis!)
Feb 27, 2010 2:28 PM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
I love the Northern Mockingbird. It's the state bird of Florida too! I guess it's a common bird in the continental U.S., and it's also the state bird of Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. I've only noticed it being a territorial or a bully bird when it's protecting a nest area. They nest low in shrubbery around here and are very aggressive when anything or anyone gets near their nest site. Last year I cut up berries and raisins and put them in a shallow terra cotta tray on the brick wall in front of our house. There was a nest in a Hibiscus shrub in the front yard and it was fun watching the parents feeding their young. After the babies were flying they would land on the brick wall, sit right next to the tray with the berries and scream for the parents to feed them!

I think there's a nest in some shrubbery in one corner of our backyard right now because there's a Mocker who is chasing every other bird out of that area! I put raisins and berries in one of the feeders and the Mockingbirds love it. This is a picture I took a few days ago of one of them snatching a raisin from the feeder.

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Feb 27, 2010 2:33 PM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
Another Mockingbird perched in a Sugarberry Tree:

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Apr 14, 2010 5:33 AM CST
Name: Dave Kinneer
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Here's my contribution. I probably have better shots but this one was handy.

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David Kinneer
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Apr 14, 2010 10:00 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
Gorgeous Dave!
Instead of running after perfection, why not simply walk in faith?

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