[CT Birds] The sounds of an early Spring evening: Mockingbird

Boletebill boletebill at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 2 09:45:06 EDT 2010

A comment to add to Dave's post:
  I've always been curious about whether Mockingbirds "remember" the songs of migrants(and therefore can sing them before the migrants return) or if they need to "re-hear" the songs in Spring as migrants pass before they can actually "remember" them? What I'm getting at here is "can you use song repertoire of a Northern Mockingbird to predict which birds have arrived here?" IOW's could that Mockingbird sung the Phoebe song in January?
Just curious,
Bill YuleLyme

"For those who hunger after the earthly excrescences called mushrooms."

--- On Fri, 4/2/10, David Provencher <davidprovencher at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

From: David Provencher <davidprovencher at sbcglobal.net>
Subject: [CT Birds] The sounds of an early Spring evening
To: "CTBirds" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Friday, April 2, 2010, 9:30 AM

Last evening when I was leaving work at Millstone I was treated to the songs
of the following species as soon as I walked out of the security perimeter;


Carolina Wren

Northern Flicker

Eastern Phoebe

Northern Cardinal

Eastern Towhee


Of course it was a Northern Mockingbird doing all those consecutively but I
did appreciate the effort and left with a smile.


Dave Provencher

Naturally New England



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