Did you recognize the insistent calls in last week’s puzzler as a Northern Mockingbird? If you’ve ever had one of these in your yard, looking for a mate, you know how persistent they can be!
They are masters at mimicking the calls of other birds, from robins, to blue jays, to towhees and everything in between. A male in his territory will repeat a bird call–say an American robin–2-6 times before switching to another bird’s call. They may go on for 10-15 different bird songs. They will also mimic frog songs, and some even mimic human-made sounds like doors opening or car alarms. They are really amazing when they get on a roll!
Watch this bird, which I captured recently at The North Carolina Arboretum, going through his repertoire of sounds:
Here’s the next puzzler, another bird song you may have heard while you were outside enjoying the sounds and sights of spring.
Have a great weekend and see you again soon!