Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Mockingbird Musical Repertoire


The Northern Mockingbird is the state bird of my home state, Texas. I took this photo quite by accident.


Yesterday, while taking a break from my Friday Project Day, I decided to re-arrange my kitchen counter space. With all the windows in the kitchen, I have a full view of my secret garden.






There he was, as I looked out the window....this beautiful bird. The photos were taken through the glass of my kitchen window.








If you are not familiar with the musical talents of this bird, click on the YouTube. They can sing up to 200 songs, including the songs of other birds, insect and amphibian sounds, even the occasional mechanical noise.

The northern mockingbird is also the state bird of Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi.

Just for the fun of it, go back and click on the first photo to open it in a larger format. Take a look at his feet. It reminds me of a first-time snow skier on the slopes, a little unsure of his footing.

Doesn't it make you want to laugh? Or at least, smile...

Meggie Mac

16 comments:

  1. Great pictures! I never saw a mockingbird before. So your's is the first, thank you for shring. Have a nice weekend! greets, Karen.

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    1. Thank you, Karen. I'm happy to introduce you to the mockingbird.

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  2. Lovely bird and yes I took a look at hes feet *smile*. Have a nice weekend.

    Hugs
    Elna

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    1. Hello Elna...I thought it was too funny to pass up the second look at his feet!

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  3. Right back at you for sweet comments left on my blog...thank you! I just want to say that I love your kitchen...even looking at it from a computer, it feels like you are standing outside while you are in it. What a dream to live in! And you are so right about the mocking bird doing the "snowplow"! Ellen has a cockatiel, and I did not want a bird when we got it, but now - I love that bird! It "copies" everything it hears including a catcall whistle. Whenever we walk in the room, it lets out a whistle and boy do I feel good and it always makes me smile! It also copies songs and can whistle Happy Birthday, and various tunes! Happy Weekend and I hope you accomplish lots of projects!

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    1. Hello in Louisiana...When I bought this run-down farmhouse, it had one tiny window in it. I found all those old wooden windows in the barn. I'n so glad I gave up upper cabinets for windows.

      By the way, I can hear my mockingbird singing outside while I'm writing these relies.

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  4. PS - I was wondering what kind of camera you have - (and lens)...you take great photos.

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    1. I have a relatively inexpensive camera, a Nikon, less than $200. I squeeze all that I can out of that camera. I really would like to upgrade my camera. Can you believe the bird photos were taken through the glass of a window?

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  5. Meggie, I just love listening the singing birds. Thank you for this post that made me realised I had a CD of morning songbirds. I will immediately listen to it and create an mp3 version to listen to it in the train.
    Thank you for this very inspiring post.

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    1. Hi Rachel....What a great idea to use for relaxing while commuting on the train. I'm glad this post was inspiring to you...

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  6. I've never seen a mockingbird before either.I've loved listening to the birds as J and I worked in the garden today. J's also moved one of the birdfeeders closer to the house, so we can watch the birds come to feed as we are working in the kitchen. Your kitchen looks amazing Meggie - it must be so light with all those windows.

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    1. Hi Scarlet...Just a note about my kitchen. This was a real budget kitchen. I found an oak armoire cut in half, that I used for the base of the kitchen sink. The other base cabinet were the unfinished kind from the local do-it-yourself store. I had a friend spray paint them white. I did the tile work myself. And the window are old wooden windows I found in the barn when I purchased the house. How is that for budget?

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  7. Great photo, Meggie! It's interesting to note how different my resident mockingbird sounds to the one on the audio. I get the clicks and chirps of the purple martins and I swear I hear the growls of my cairn in his song. (And I love your kitchen -- especially all the windows.)

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    1. Hllo Janet....I guess they mimick the sounds around them. Check out my reply to Scarlet about my kitchen windows.

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  8. Thanks for the lesson and I have learnt something now that is pretty obvious, but I never questioned the name before...Mockingbird of course, they mock! How stupid of me not to realise this and it's the first time I've seen one so a thumbs up from me. Suzy x

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  9. What wonderful photos of the Mockingbird! Thanks for commenting on my blog, I couldn't reply to your comment as you are a no-reply blogger.
    Quilting by the River

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