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Chirpy visitor


mockingbirdI happened to have my 70-300mm lens when I was sitting out on my deck and this chirpy chappy landed on a tree next door and serenaded me with his songbook. I believe this is a young mockingbird. Any ornithologists out there please correct me if I’m wrong.

From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: If you’ve been hearing an endless string of 10 or 15 different birds singing outside your house, you might have a Northern Mockingbird in your yard. These slender-bodied gray birds apparently pour all their color into their personalities. They sing almost endlessly, even sometimes at night, and they flagrantly harass birds that intrude on their territories, flying slowly around them or prancing toward them, legs extended, flaunting their bright white wing patches.

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

19 thoughts on “Chirpy visitor

  1. The song of birds is so cheerful and reminds us of life!


  2. Great photo, Roslyn! I love to sit on the patio and listen to the birds.


  3. Remarkable capture of the singing bird! The clarity is incredible.


  4. Great capture. Mockingbirds are such an interesting bird because of the imprinting of many other birds vary with each individual. I’ve read of some mimicking a rusty gate, bells and other unusual sounds. I always wonder why and how. 🙂


  5. Well captured! I can see he was singing when you capturing his picture 🙂


  6. Dang, Ros, you might not be an ornithologist, but you are one heck of a bird watcher with that camera. Brilliant shot of your songbird. Thank you for brightening my day in Syracuse with your LA Deckbird. There, I gave it a new species. 🙂


  7. I only get lucky with bird pictures once in a blue. This you captured oh-so well.


  8. Wow! Roslyn Dear,great timing of the this great birdie,of this sweet troubadour! Fabulous moment you captured,it looks gorgeous on the bright green and against the flawless blue skies!


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