Northern Mockingbirds are gradually expanding their range northward and we were fortunate to have a good look at one this morning in -1 degree and light snow conditions.
I write “another” mockingbird because the title of our April 8, 2019 walk was “A Northern Mockingbird at Marie Curtis Park.
The bird was looking at us just as intensely as we were looking at it.
Species list: great blue heron, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, red-breasted merganser, herring gull, ring-billed gull, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, brown creeper, golden-crowned kinglet, American robin, northern mockingbird, European starling, house sparrow, northern cardinal, dark-eyed junco, American goldfinch, white-throated sparrow. (24 species)
a book available for free:
To-night the winds begin to rise
And roar from yonder dropping day:
The last red leaf is whirl’d away,
The rooks are blown about the skies. – Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–92)