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

Bob Sundstrom ixoreus at scattercreek.com
Mon Jul 18 12:13:22 PDT 2016


Josh and Tweeters,



While on the topic, here's a BirdNote story, with sounds, about this master
mimic. http://birdnote.org/show/mockingbird-virtuoso-variety



Bob Sundstrom

http://birdnote.org/node/11591



From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu
[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Josh Hayes
Sent: Monday, July 18, 2016 10:58 AM
To: tweeters
Subject: RE: [Tweeters] Re: Mockingbirds, what are they mocking?



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 Springs

coralliophila at live dot com


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From: pdickins at gmail.com
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:49:21 -0700
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Re: Mockingbirds, what are they mocking?
To: jason.hernandez74 at yahoo.com
CC: tweeters at u.washington.edu



Add to Jason's list Tufted Titmouse, American Robin, Eastern Phoebe,
Brown-headed Nuthatch - imitations I often heard in North Carolina.



Phil Dickinson

Lake Stevens



On 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 -0700
From: John Whitehead <jirvingw at comcast.net>
Subject: [Tweeters] Mockingbirds, what are they mocking?
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A 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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