Alex Palmer's Natural History Notes and Thoughts

Thoughts and reflections on various social and environmental issues, as well as naturalist observations from the great outdoors.

To kill a mocking bird…for trying to trick me

Map 1:  Location of where I saw the Mocking Bird

Today I was hiking along a restored stream corridor in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (see Map 1).  I was stopped when I heard what sounded like the bright and colorful Baltimore Oriole.  Then, from the same spot where I thought I heard the Oriole, I heard three other birds back-to back.  With a weary eye, I looked up and saw the Northern Mocking Bird (Mimus polyglottos). The imitations of other familiar birds that it was making (such as robins, blue jays, etc.) was strikingly accurate!

As I headed back towards my car, I heard some goldfinches off in the distance.  For a moment, I wondered if it was the Mocking Bird once again fooling me.

Mockingbirds are typically found in the Southern United States, but are increasingly spending time further North.  To learn more about the Mockingbird, visit this website


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