[Tweeters] Re: Mockingbirds, what are they mocking?

Josh Hayes coralliophila at live.com
Mon Jul 18 10:58:11 PDT 2016


When I was in college back in the late 1970's, in St. Louis, a mockingbird was in the habit of sitting in a tree outside my dorm TA's room and mimicking his alarm clock at all hours of the night. I can't count how many times I'd hear him stumble down the hall to the showers after sleepily turning off his "alarm", and then a few minutes later a muffled expletive as he stomped back to his room at 3 AM. They are amazingly talented mimics. Josh in overcast Licton Springscoralliophila at live dot com From: pdickins at gmail.comDate: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:49:21 -0700Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Re: Mockingbirds, what are they mocking?To: jason.hernandez74 at yahoo.comCC: tweeters at u.washington.eduAdd to Jason's list Tufted Titmouse, American Robin, Eastern Phoebe, Brown-headed Nuthatch - imitations I often heard in North Carolina.Phil DickinsonLake StevensOn Sun, Jul 17, 2016 at 8:20 PM, Jason Hernandez <jason.hernandez74 at yahoo.com> wrote:When I was in South Carolina, I made out several species the mockingbirds imitated, including Cardinal, Carolina Wren, and Gray Catbird. It was unpleasant to human ears to hear them interrupt their melodious repertoire with the Catbird call, but I don't suppose they were thinking in those terms. Jason Hernandez Bremerton jason.hernandez74 at yahoo.com Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 19:34:19 -0700From: John Whitehead <jirvingw at comcast.net>Subject: [Tweeters] Mockingbirds, what are they mocking?To: tweeters at u.washington.eduMessage-ID: <902c8b93-544a-f657-0e87-383ae5a509f3 at comcast.net>Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8; format=flowedA couple of years ago I heard one mocking sirens , at the south end of the San Francisco Bay Refuge near Alviso. It was mocking other things too don't remember what , but it was very entertaining.John_______________________________________________
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