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Wed May 9, 2012, 02:46 PM

How cool. I just noticed that the mockingbirds have built a nest in the shrub outside

my office window. There are two eggs in it today. They had a nest in the same place last summer and raised one successful brood of 3 chicks. I'll keep you posted.

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Reply How cool. I just noticed that the mockingbirds have built a nest in the shrub outside (Original post)
Arkansas Granny May 2012 OP
Lionessa May 2012 #1
Arkansas Granny May 2012 #2
Lionessa May 2012 #4
raccoon May 2012 #5
AnneD May 2012 #7
Arkansas Granny May 2012 #8
AnneD May 2012 #11
elleng May 2012 #3
Phentex May 2012 #6
CaliforniaPeggy May 2012 #9
Arkansas Granny May 2012 #10

Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 03:01 PM

1. Regardless of the meme from the famed book

 

I hate mockingbirds. They are mean, hateful creatures that use to dive bomb all the cats in our neighborhood in San Antonio to the point that the poor cats heads were just huge pusballs of infected pecks and we had to make them all stay inside eventually. Bad Biirds!!! And no these cats would be doing nothing more than sunning on the porch or whatever. We had no nests near by that we could ever find and it wasn't like just on our street, blocks away my friends' cats had the same problem.

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Response to Lionessa (Reply #1)

Wed May 9, 2012, 03:40 PM

2. I'm sorry you've had such a negative experience with mockingbirds.

The only time they go after my cat is when they are defending a nest, and even then, she has never sustained any injuries. I think they are beautiful birds and I love to hear them sing.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #2)

Wed May 9, 2012, 04:01 PM

4. I was stunned, not being from the area, and having been

 

well prepped to adore mockingbirds through the book. It wasn't once or twice, it was year after year all year... It was very frustrating. Maybe our neck of the woods had a mutant species or something with causing over-aggression.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #2)

Thu May 10, 2012, 08:23 AM

5. They dive-bomb my cat too but she's never been injured. I love to hear them sing. nt

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Response to Lionessa (Reply #1)

Thu May 10, 2012, 04:13 PM

7. They have a very strong maternal instinct.....

they really get aggressive when they have babies in the nest...one reason they have survived. Blue Jays are aggressive during nesting season too.

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Response to AnneD (Reply #7)

Thu May 10, 2012, 04:26 PM

8. I noticed that the mockingbirds in my yard take turns guarding the nest.

Only one at a time will be gone looking for food. The nest is being watched at all times.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #8)

Fri May 11, 2012, 09:23 AM

11. And considering cats.....

feral or domestic are decimating the songbird population, I would say that is a wise thing to do.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 03:55 PM

3. NICE!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 02:34 PM

6. Still waiting for hummingbirds here...

saw one in the backyard but none around the feeder in the front so far.

Enjoy your mockingbirds!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu May 10, 2012, 04:35 PM

9. My dear Arkansas Granny!

How very cool!

A loooooong time ago, we had one singing in our yard, night after night.

My husband would go out on the front porch, and whistle a few notes...

It wasn't long before the mockingbird was singing those exact notes.

I LOVE hearing them sing!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #9)

Thu May 10, 2012, 04:44 PM

10. They are really versatile with their sounds. One in my yard was imitating a car alarm

a few mornings ago.

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