Mockingbird Allows Very Close Approach: Feb 3, 2022

The abundant Multiflora Rose, Buckthorn and Oriental Bittersweet fruit at Humber Bay West makes it a good wintering spot for several Northern Mockingbirds.

Northern Mockingbird

You might say that Mockingbirds are “show off” birds. Their stunning ability to perfectly imitate the songs of other bird species is amazing. They often seem to wave their tails about so that others may admire them. In addition, you can get very close to a Mockingbird. This morning, we found one only a few metres from the trail. It remained in place unconcerned, as we took photos and then passed closely by.

Northern Mockingbird
photographing the Mockingbird
admiring the Mockingbird

Later we encountered another

Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird

and then another:

Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird

Other birds:

Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ring-billed Gull
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
American Robin
Red-breasted Mergansers
American Goldfinch
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Buffleheads (male)
Lesser Scaup (male)
Bufflehead (male)
American Black Duck (male) in centre
American Black Duck (female) in centre
Mallards
Buffleheads and Mallards (female)
Pekin Duck

Park scenes:

Siberian Elms

Today’s group:

NATURE POETRY

There, on the black bough of a snow-flecked maple,
Fearless and gay as our love,
A bluejay cocked his crest!
Oh, who can tell the range of joy
Or set the bounds of beauty?              – Sara Teasdale (1884–1933)

Miles Hearn

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