I've been taking mockingbirds for granted; they always seem to be in my
yard, but I haven't spent much time trying to take pictures of them.
Little update - I did, so scroll on through to see what's new.
Look carefully at this happy little guy. See the puffball in his
lap? It's a content sleeping fledgling. Baby birds generally
ought to be left alone, but once in a while you come across one that's
been played with already, like this one. I have to hand it to
Donald; he was extremely gentle and the baby mockingbird eventually
hopped back across the lawn and mama looked after it - the bird mama,
I expect children to play with available fledgling birds, but this one
on the keyboard was handed to me at work by a grownup. I had to bird-sit it until
lunch and then go find its mother. They were happily reunited, and
she was feeding him (or her) lunch, which I never got that day, before I left
Baby birds should be left alone, and nests should not be disturbed.
This nest was a few feet away from my bedroom window. I listened
to an awful lot of hungry chirping before I lost my will to leave them
alone and snuck up close enough to get a
I'm glad I didn't wait any longer, because I only
caught one chick in the nest. Another chick was hopping around in
the branches nearby. I thought I caught a glimpse of a third, but
I did not want to bother them for too long so I didn't stick around to
I debated posting this next mockingbird photograph. This silly bird leapt to
a lower branch and the
under wing shot was too fun to resist even though it wasn't very clear.
That's my best shot so far of the distinctive white and grey that
flashes past you when you are unfortunate enough to get closer to a
mockingbird nest than mama is comfortable with. Squirrel, human,
or anything in between - if you appear to threaten her young, she will
try to shoo you away.
...there's something about birds
crossing roads. Oh yeah, that was a
chicken. Well, here's a Mockingbird crossing the road. It didn't answer
when I asked why, but my guess is that it was due to the yummy
berries it was
headed toward. They like Elderberry
I've also seen Mockingbirds with bugs
and worms in their beaks. This one
was a bit far away on the wire, but you can still tell from the picture
that Mockingbirds eat bugs
These three chicks were in a nest in a little palm tree, chirping louder
than such a small bird seems as though it should be able to sing. One
thing babies are great at is letting you know when they want something!
Mockingbird chicks are no exception.