[CT Birds] Mockingbird sounds....
rick.baumhauer at gmail.com
Fri May 22 11:28:48 EDT 2009
Mimics can imitate a wide variety of sounds. As another response
noted, Mockingbirds have been known to do spot-on renditions of car
alarms, among other environmental sounds. In Attenborough's "The Life
of Birds", there is footage of a bird (I believe in the South Pacific
somewhere) that was able to mimic the sound of a 35mm camera shutter
and motor drive, as well as (more worryingly) chainsaws and other
Just one of the reasons why the Mockingbird is my favorite "common"
bird - their vocal inventiveness often brings surprises, and I love
their attitude and spunk. Young Mockingbirds are also a lot of fun,
especially when they're learning to their somewhat-mechanical
wingspread to scare up insects.
West Hartford, CT
On May 22, 2009, at 8:50 AM, Brian Webster wrote:
> Yesterday my resident Mockingbird threw out a call that confused me
> a bit. It was a dead ringer for the trill of a Tree Frog. It was
> the first call in his series of 30+ (a few wweks ago I tried to
> count and messed up around 31).
> Then again late late last night (1:40a) I heard him singing softly.
> I've heard Mockingbirds sing at night, but he made the Tree Frog
> sounding call again.
> Has anyone ever heard of Mockingbirds immitating the sounds of non-
> -Brian Webster-
> Stratford, CT
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