Photo of the Day: Northern Mockingbird

by John Briggs on December 2, 2010

in Bird Photographs, Blog, Maine Birds, Photo of the Day

Northern Mockingbird – Mimus polyglottos

It took a trip to Pennsylvania over the Thanksgiving holiday to finally get a photo of a Northern Mockingbird. In the years that we have lived here in Bath, we have seen only one Mockingbird on our property. There are plenty of these birds in the southern part of Maine, but we don’t get down there too often.

I found this bird in a crabapple tree on my aunt’s property near Chambersburg, PA. It was mimicking a Northern Cardinal and gorging itself on crabapples. Occasionally, it would chase off any American Robin that dared to land in its tree. Whenever I would do a Cardinal call myself, the Mockingbird would fly right at me and soar over my head. I could feel the breeze from its wings as it went by.

All photos taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click a thumbnail for a full-sized view.

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

Happy birding!



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