Hi All! I think you will enjoy this video featuring a Northern Mockingbird, singing from its perch in an apple tree in late June. I captured the footage about a year ago in nearby Finger Lakes National Forest (near Trumansburg, NY), and I’ve just gotten around to editing and publishing it to Vimeo. I was in charge of the videotaping and my assistant Beth Bannister did the sound recording. We’re quite happy with the result and I look forward to editing additional footage obtained during the same outing.
Being a mockingbird, it is not surprising that he throws-in a number of imitations of the sounds made by other birds. You may not hear them at first (because he sings quite a few of his own melodies), but starting about a third of the way through, listen for song-phrases that remind you of northern cardinal (whistled songs @ 0:29), tufted titmouse (whistled songs@ 0:45), ring-billed gull (squeals … maybe? @ 0:49), blue jay (sputter call © 0:59), gray catbird (kwut alarm calls @ 1:04), white-breasted nuthatch (yank calls @ 1:24), wood thrush (musical song @ 1:39), eastern towhee (chuwee concern call @ 1:53), northern flicker (wicka-wicka-wicka @ 1:57), hairy woodpecker (sputter call @ 2:00), red-bellied woodpecker (churr calls during fade-out @ 2:12) … and perhaps more!
As always, I truly appreciate your feedback, so please leave a comment below, especially if you hear imitations that I have not listed (or else disagree with one or more of my identifications).
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