Sunday morning on Lake Creek Trail I had an amazing experience with an extremely common bird. As I was standing around watching for migrating birds, a Northern Mockingbird was singing like crazy. I started to recognize different bird species' calls and songs that it was imitating and I started to write them down. I recognized 9 species that this mockingbird was imitating, and it was making plenty more sounds that I did not recognize. Here are the ones I wrote down:
- Blue Jay -- It imitated more than one Blue Jay sound.
- Red-bellied Woodpecker
- Yellow-billed Cuckoo
- Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
- Carolina Wren
- European Starling
- Northern Cardinal
- Chuck-will's-widow, a species only seldom heard along our creek in the spring
- Green Heron -- This one made me laugh. The mockingbird actually made the funny "kyop" sound that these herons make!
What a talented songster! I got this picture of a mockingbird in the same area back in March. Quite possibly it's the same bird.