Wednesday, May 26, 2010

night song

This is a picture of a Northern Mockingbird, the state bird of Mississippi (and several other states as well).  He's an interesting little bird.  Just this morning I have read several differing accounts of his ability to "mock" the songs of other birds, as well as, other sounds he hears.  Some say he can actually reproduce sounds he hears while others say that it just sounds as if he is repeating the sounds of other birds because he has a repertoire of about 200 sounds.

The fact is, I don't know whether he's mocking other birds or not, but I know that at least one of these little guys has found a home in a bush that sits at the back corner of my house, just outside my bedroom window.  Last night, under a bright moon, he chose to serenade me with his vast repertoire of songs.  My first instinct was to blame this little guy for my sleeplessness last night, but, truth be told, I don't think he was keeping me awake.  I did listen to him for several minutes while I couldn't sleep anyway, but it really wasn't an unpleasant sound.  I grew up in the woods, so animal sounds in the middle of the night are common place, but I don't recall the birds keeping me awake.

At least tonight, if I am again awake in the middle of the night, I will know what kind of bird is serenading me!

And, just so you know, I didn't take this picture (big surprise, huh?). 

6 comments:

KTElltt said...

It could be very entertaining -- crack the window and whistle and see if he copies you... :) I love birdsong.

Felicity said...

Can you believe I didn't know what a mockingbird looks like!! I suppose I could have looked it up, but somehow just never have... so thanks - now I know! ;-)

Greg and Donna said...

We have one of these thats adopted our front porch. He doesn't like to be spied on and his walking around drives the dogs crazy.

Mrs. Trixi said...

We too, live in Ms. and have a yard full of these. We love the songs they sing for us.

Mrs. Trixi said...

We too are in Central Ms. We live in a tiny town called Lena. Actually, we live between Lena and Morton but our address is Lena. We moved here about 3 yrs. ago from Starkville. We are about 30 minutes from the Brandon/Resevoir area. We actually go to church some in Brandon/Resevoir.

Mrs. Trixi said...

This may be too much info. but do you mind me asking where. We lived in S'ville our whole lives and had a great group of likeminded friends and believers. However, we have visited so many around here and in the Brandon area. We have still not found the same thing we had at home and may never. We are where the Lord has us and are thankful for that.