Weekly Puzzler Answer #145

Did you recognize the insistent calls in last week’s puzzler as ambird-2 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!

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  1. Hon April 29, 2017 at 7:17 pm #

    Interesting birds until you realize that they also sing at night!

    • Sharon Mammoser April 29, 2017 at 10:39 pm #

      Yes, when I lived in Weaverville there was a desperate male that called at all hours. At first it was so puzzling, but then I read about it and learned they will call in the night to find a mate. What girl is up looking for love in the middle of the night?? Poor thing. I felt bad for him.