Mockingbird in Crab Apple Tree: Nov. 25, 2020

The number of Northern Mockingbirds in the Toronto area seems to vary from year to year with there being somewhat fewer at the moment.

Northern Mockingbird in Crab Apple tree

They can be seen in suburban neighbourhoods and brushy fields (like the one at Marie Curtis Park) foraging on the ground or in low brush for insects and fruit.

Northern Mockingbird in Crab Apple tree

“Mocking” refers to their incredible ability to accurately imitate the songs of other birds.

Northern Mockingbird in Crab Apple tree

Mockingbirds are highly territorial and nearly always seen singly or in family groups in summer.

Northern Mockingbird in Crab Apple tree

The photographed bird likely vigorously defends this crab apple tree from other birds.

Northern Mockingbird in Crab Apple tree

Other birds:

Hairy Woodpecker (male)
Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Belted Kingfisher (female)
Belted Kingfisher (female)
Ring-billed Gull
Canada Geese
female Common Merganser with broken wing and male Mallard
female Common Merganser with broken wing
female Common Merganser with broken wing

Species list:  Canada goose, mallard, common merganser, red-breasted merganser, hooded merganser, turkey vulture, red-tailed hawk, ring-billed gull, belted kingfisher, downy woodpecker, hairy woodpecker, northern flicker, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, cedar waxwing, northern mockingbird, American robin, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch. (21 species)

Park scenes:

melting snow

Some botany:

Sweet Briar (Rosa rubiginosa)
Sweet Briar (Rosa rubiginosa)
Queen-Anne’s-lace (Daucus carota)
Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)
Red Ash (Fraxinus pensylvanica)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)

Today’s group:

POETRY

My old friend’s said goodbye to the west, here at Yellow Crane Tower,
In the third month’s cloud of willow blossoms, he’s going down to Yangzhou.
The lonely sail is a distant shadow, on the edge of a blue emptiness,
All I see is the Yangtze River flow to the far horizon. – Li Bai

Miles Hearn

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