What’s the Rise Against song, “rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated” (an unoriginal play off of Mark Twain). Been a bit since I’ve posted here. In fact, I was blog-shamed by a friend this morning who made note of my lack of production now we are midway through the month. Truth is I’ve been actively posting… just on the flagship blog instead. There were rumblings coming from those followers that the race season had started but no summaries. I was also in danger of falling more than 4 races behind thanks to a difficult half marathon trail run scheduled for this Saturday. Not sure what is harder, navigating the multitude of roots and hills on the run or trying to remember the details of a past race in order to give a proper post. Two of the 4 race posts are officially addressed, so time to stop whining and get back to our feathered friends from Georgia.
Pretty sure the Georgia queue is just about popped at least from a full series perspective. Will probably have a few catch all posts to officially close out the captures during that productive trip to the Georgia swamps back in May 2015. This set happened to catch my eye while in the digital darkroom. There is something about a Northern Mockingbird that can be downright scary. Reminds me of the Seinfeld “Two-Face” episode. One angle they look somewhat innocent, cute if you will. Change the angle of the glass a bit or tilt the head a bit and next thing you know you are running for the darkroom exit.
Hit the jump to be Mocked more.
“You gotta problem with me Mr. Big Glass pansy – did your mother pick out that hat before handing you a carpet square and a carton of milk – can you read between the gaps in my left foot…are you gonna move along or shall I mock you a third time?” One HARSH bird. Just about took out my phone to speed dialed my brother Ron to see if his natural born killer cats could make a quick road trip. As I said, this wasn’t just a one time event. Check out some of the images in the first post I made featuring a Mockingbird (link here – third one in will burn a hole through ya). To be quite frank, this isn’t really that big of a bird to be browbeating strangers. Basically just a Robin dressed up in grays, blacks and some whites vs say an Eagle or an Osprey which has the goods to back up their intimidating poses. Needless to say, this particular wasn’t going to get the best of me – nope, The Beast wasn’t going anywhere until a sufficient number of shots made it into the tin – “take that you poser!”.
For those not familiar with the Northern Mockingbird, they are one of the easier birds to identify in the field. Their overall grey palette with the two wing bars is a pretty good indicator and will at least separate it from their other family member the Gray Catbird which is void of the wing bars and has a black cap. The easy confirmation is if you can get one to take flight. They have a large white patch on each wing that removes all question on what it is.
As evident from the shots, they are a fairly confident and willing to be quite animated when encountered. Should be no problem getting any particular pose you desire as they are quite the thespian when trying to ward off intruders. Might also want to carry a set of earplugs as they’ll chatter up a storm as they go through their interpretations of other birds and even forest neighbors like frogs – thus the “Mocking” namesake. You might be led to assume that the “Northern” part implies it hangs out in Canada and possibly the northern states. Truth is the range is everywhere but, having a region that just ranges to the northeast tip and then covers the entire bottom half of the states and deep into Central America.
The above picture demonstrates my reference to the Two-Face episode. Get another angle and suddenly it looks like someone you would bring home to mom. Still giving me the finger, but at least it doesn’t look like it wants to rip my head off and call some friends in for a game of kickball …err kickhead rather.
Not much else to say about this particular bird – I’ll spare you the angry tirade that occurred after I made reference to its short stubby wings being fit for a Dodo Bird …apparently that touched a nerve.
Oh well, have to go deal with some remodeling work in the bathroom (yes, finally getting that back together after the demo nearly killed me)
4 thoughts on “Two-Face”
The mocking monologue reminds me of a scene from a Monty Python movie, referencing certain directional body functions, taunting and the comparative air speeds of various swallows. At least you didn’t feel the need to “Run Away”!
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Yep, I had used the “general direction” monologue in a previous post so I had to improvise a bit. For some reason your comments keep going to my moderate pile – did you do something wrong in a past life or something – don’t seem to have this problem with my other commenters.
Hmm, in looking up information on the Northern Mockingbird I found that it can sing all night long! And just tonight about 9:15 pm and dark, there was a bird squawking repeatedly in a metallic way and I wondered what bird would be singing in the dark. I bet it was this one. I’ll try to record it next time.
Bucky Katt’s take on Mockingbird:
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Bucky nailed it! I didn’t know they could carry on that long – imagine listening to that racket for more than 5 minutes … at some point you start looking for a tray of ice cubes to encourage it to bother someone else … farther away. For now on, I propose that we refer to all Gulls a WBL’s
Welcome home from Cali – wedding was great and had fun birding with you and the soon-to-be-a-birder other brother. We are going to have competition if he gets into this – he has the means to travel!!