Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Northern Mockingbird

 Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottus)

We've been watching for this feathered fellow for several weeks. It's a year-round resident here but he had been eluding us until last week when a birder friend told us he had seen the mockingbird munching on some small rose hips.

 Hips from wild rose

Turns out the bird is quite willing to eat supper if its hungry enough, even when there are people a few feet away.

 Which one looks tastiest?

I guess these hips were tasty enough to take the risk.

YUM!
I am connecting to Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE

66 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Great shots of the mocker, the berries look pretty too. Have a happy day!

Revrunner said...

The mockingbird is a very bold fellow where I live and highly territorial.

Margaret Adamson said...

Glad you found the Mockingbird and these are superb shots of it.

Giga said...

Bird, red fruits, this time the wonderful pictures. Regards.

Jacquelineand.... said...

I've never seen a mockingbird in the wild, although I've heard them on occasion... lovely wee birds. You've framed him beautifully with those tempting rose hips!

Breathtaking said...

Superb shots of the Mockingbird in every pose. I love the last one with the berry in his beak.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh how I wish I could snap the smaller birds. Absolutely love your little mockingbird EG.

Knipsa Passtscho said...

Just wonderful!
Beautiful pictures :)
Have a fine day
【ツ】Knipsa

John's Island said...

Hi EG CG, I used to see these birds in Texas when I was growing up. But they never looked as good as they do in your photos! Nice work! I don't think these birds are in the Pacific Northwest, or at least I haven't seen them. Now, thank you so much for your comment with info about Betty's meme. Your suggestion is well taken and I think you'll see John's Island on Rubbish Tuesday in the not too distant future. Thank you for your time on that and have a good day! John

Shammickite said...

Great pictures, I love the colours and detail in the feathers. You must have a super camera! And lots of photographic talent too!!

see you there! said...

Such a fluffy fellow. I am really taken with the colors in the photo's.

Darla

Susan Anderson said...

These shots are really lovely. The red berries make them special somehow.

=)

Michelle said...

sweet photos

Mari said...

Oh very nice. The last pic exactly! So beautiful.

William Kendall said...

And what a pretty bird it is!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

We have a similar situation over at GDP today. The red berries really make the bird pop. Your photos are amazing!

Janis
GDP

Rose said...

Beautiful, wonderful captures. You could not have asked for any better posing!

Kate said...

A perfect sequence of photos!

visualnorway said...

I envy you both the spring and these bird photos!

Montanagirl said...

Very nice set of photos. He's so pretty!

Anvilcloud said...

You take wonderful photos with Tina's lens, but I am not sure why you feel the need to credit it on every shot. Besides, the photographer takes the photo, not the lens. You are doing very well.

Mary Hone said...

Nice shots, he's great looking.

TexWisGirl said...

awesome shots! love that you keep them year round way up there. :)

Judy said...

Wonderful shots! I love these birds and their songs.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I love the Mockingbird and listening to them. These are awesome shots! Simply beautiful.

George said...

These are beautiful photos of the mockingbird (and the rose hips).

Linda W. said...

What a cute little guy! Fantastic photos, especially your last one.

RedPat said...

He is very puffed up against the cold, EG! We have a mockingbird who lives nearby but I think he heads south for the winter as I've never seen or heard him in the cold.

Chandra Eswaran said...

Love the color of the bird, the berry and the wintery background!
Have a Beautiful Day!!
Peace :)

Frank said...

Excellent series of the Mockingbird enjoying a well earned meal.

kelley jensen said...

such a pretty bird. I had no idea that is what a mockingbird looked like.

Chris Rohrer said...

Those poor birds have to be so cold up there right now with every snow storm coming through. It amazes me how they all can survive. Down here, the Northern Mockingbirds are getting ready to find a friend to nest with:)

Judy said...

Beautiful photos! How nice they stay around all year.

Karen said...

A handsome bird. We don't see down here.

Carletta said...

That last shot is wonderfully captured!
I have a mockingbird that visits my suet feeder every day.

Malyss said...

Oh , I do love your birds picures!You should make a book with them !

Tahiti Daily Photo said...

Wonderful photos, great captures !

cieldequimper said...

Happy, pretty bird! And no, no, not to kill a mockingbird!

Sylvia K said...

Ah, I always look forward to your bird pics!! They are the next best thing to having the birds around my house!! Delightful!! Such incredible details!! Hope your week is going well!! Stay warm -- you and the birds!!

VP said...

An amazing sequence!

Ruth Hiebert said...

You got some great pictures of this bird. I have only seen one a couple of years ago.

Ginny said...

Super duper pictures, and I love how you captured his yellow eye. I adore the picture of the berry in his beak! I like how he is all puffed up, it was cold. I stay always from them, because I was attacked by one once!So I am glad my camera has a super long zoom.

bailey-road.com said...

What wonderful shots of the Mockingbird. I haven't seen any this winter.

Kathy said...

I've watched them sit still for several minutes. They're not as "flighty" as other birds so they're good photo subjects. We have a large population of mockingbirds. Hardly a day goes by that I don't see them. He looks so pretty amongst the red berries.

thewovenspoke said...

I love to hear and see mocking birds , it looks cold in the first shot. Great images.

Gill - That British Woman said...

great shots, I have never seen one of those before.

Geoff Wilkinson said...

Fabulous pictures, you must have a lot of patience.

Cathy H. said...

These are gorgeous! I love the one with the berry in it's mouth!

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful captures! I love that you caught him eating the berries. I haven't seen one around here for 2 years, which was the first time we'd had one in our area. Their 'song' is very interesting isn't it.

Felicia said...

Such gorgeous images.

Randy said...

That first shot is my favorite. Looks like a nice candidate for a card.

Kay said...

I haven't seen mockingbirds in the Pacific Northwest...now I wonder if it's because I'm looking for a different bird. They look quite different in California, not at all like this little darling. And your rose hips are tiny compared to the ones we have around here! I love being able to compare!

Stephanie said...

Fabulous captures of this bird especially the last shot!

Cloudia said...

A favorite bird shown nicely!



ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
<3

Lea said...

Beautiful!

Halcyon said...

Your shots of him are perfect! Especially the one with the berry in his beak.

handmade by amalia said...

It was such a treat to see a mockingbird up close. What a beautiful bird!
Amalia
xo

llandudnopictures said...

Wonderful series!

Gunilla Bäck said...

The berries look very delicious.

Amy at love made my home said...

Wonderful photos!! xx

Carola Bartz said...

Gorgeous photos of a lovely bird! I certainly love Northern Mockingbirds - we have them here, too. Last weekend, when it was like spring here, I already heard them sing again - such a beautiful song! He certainly had spring feelings!

Marie said...

Such beautiful photos! I love winter photos of birds with berries. That this was a mockingbird and those rose hips made it extra special!

edenhills said...

These are amazing shots!

Joan Elizabeth said...

A mocking bird. We don't have them here but have read of them in books so it was very interesting to me to see what they look like!

Jane Hards Photography said...

A bird we don't have round my part of the world Such a shame so cute

CountryMouse said...

So cute. I love that last shot, berry in mouth.

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