Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Wild Birds: Who's Mocking What!!!

I've been happy to see a Mockingbird at my feeders all winter. I have no idea if he has friends or if he is by himself. I have only seen one at any given time. Hopefully he has a partner hanging out nearby.
Here he hangs out in the wisteria vines waiting for his turn at the suet.


I'm not sure if that tongue sticking out is in anticipation of the taste or if he's attempting to give me the raspberry!

As he flew back up and settled on the wisteria vine again I think this time he was just trying to get that smidgen left on his beak.
The above capture was one of those yes, it's a gray and overcast rainy late evening kind of day  and the window is awfully dirty but we have to do what we have to do to record the first robin of spring.
YES, they're back!!! Spring must be on its way even though as I type this I can see a light covering of snowflakes on my deck. I should have guessed. On Sunday afternoon when I took this my backyard was full of robins. I haven't seen one since. Maybe they were mocking winter. Winter may linger but a robin sighting gives me hope!

Linking to Stewart's Wild Birds.

26 comments:

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great photos of the Mockingbird! And yes, you do whatever you have to, to snap that "first Robin of Spring" photo! I recently posted one, too. There is a whole group of them that arrived here, but they take off as soon as they see me.

TexWisGirl said...

yay for a robin! :) i've never seen a mocker at the feeders here. i guess because they can find bugs, still. they use the birdbath, though. :)

Red said...

Yes, a great sign of hope and spring. However, for an old guy like me who goes far off the trail, I find robins all winter. We get them every year in our Christmas bird count.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Nice photos of the mockingbird! I will jump for joy when I see the first robin. I think it will be quick a while though.

Karen said...

Gorgeous captures of the Mockingbird! A robin, gosh it will quite a while before we see them here!

Gordon said...

Great shots of the Mockingbird, I use to love the sound they made, when ever I stayed with my friend in Miami.
All the best Gordon.

Adam Jones said...

Really good shots of the Mockingbird. Fantastic.

Chris Rohrer said...

Aren't they interesting birds?:)

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Beautiful photos of the mockingbird. I'm so ready for spring to arrive.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Wonderful detailed photos of your mockingbird, Carletta! We don't have them here and it is a treat to see one up close. Strangely, we have had Robins winter over this year. So I don't have that special pleasure of seeing the first one. It is a true sign of spring! xo Karen

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I wonder where all those robins went when they heard you were getting more winter after all!

Mockingbirds are our morning alarm clocks here in Florida. Great pictures.

Ela said...

Wonderful birds and so amazing shots
Greetings

kelley jensen said...

I've never seen a Mockingbird--I love the view from your window.

eileeninmd said...

Carletta, great shots of the Mockingbird. I have never seen one at my feeders. Enjoy the rest of your week!

Linda said...

Awesome captures, Carletta. Every time I hear mockingbird, I cannot help but think of the song "Mockingbird Hill" by Patti Page. :)

Jen said...

Mockingbirds are very territorial. If another shows, you may get to see them spar.

George said...

We've had a Mockingbird around our feeders for the past few weeks. We too, have only seen one at any given time. I hope your robins aren't misleading you. We've seen robins all winter!

diane b said...

fabulous clear shots of your lovely birds. Glad to see there is a hint of the season changing.

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Great shots! I've been extremely happy with this nice weather but I see we are in for some more extreme cold...psssttt- that was a raspberry!

bailey-road.com said...

Love those mockers. We have one that sings outside the window, bright and early every morning.

Rose said...

Wonderful captures, Carletta.

We had a skim of snow covering everything when we got up yesterday morn, but it melted before the day was gone.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Funny, I so wanted to see a mockingbird as a kid and now they have spread all the way up the east coast. Robins are a treat now that I live in a Florida. Some winters we see none at all!

DeniseinVA said...

Hi Carletta, great photos of the birds. I haven't seen a Mockingbird at my feeder in a very long time, though I saw many of them in Florida. Can't wait to see my first Robin of Spring :) Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Ida said...

The Mocking bird is such a soft color. - We had Robins about 2 weeks ago and then it turned rainy/cold again. I think they are toying with us.

Marko Marciento said...

Super pictures, beautiful blog.

darlin said...

Carletta I absolutely LOVE your bird short, the clarity and macro are perfect! I only wish we were seeing robins right about now, that is generally a sure sign of Spring, but no robins here just yet and I don't blame them with this cold we've been enduring.

Have a wonderful week!