Calling Northern MockingbirdCalling Northern Mockingbird – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 400, +1. EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, not baited or called in

When I lived in Florida I saw Northern Mockingbirds all the time but they are not so common here in Utah and typically I only see a pair or two during the whole breeding season. Yesterday I photographed a very obliging Northern Mockingbird on Antelope Island State Park that seemed to have a lot to say with his song. Mockingbirds will mimic the calls and songs other birds, mechanical sounds, the vocalizations of non-avian species and the sounds of other mockingbirds.

While I photographed this presumed male; females don’t vocalize as loud or as often as males, I could hear the calls of other birds. I heard this mockingbird vocalize the songs and calls of Loggerhead Shrikes, American Kestrels, Killdeer, Northern Flickers, the flight call of American Pipits and what appeared to be a Scrub Jay. I am sure there were more songs and calls of other species during this Northern Mockingbird’s repertoire but I was also trying to focus on photographing the mockingbird.

Perhaps the next time I have an opportunity to photograph a Northern Mockingbird I should record the song with my phone. Until then you can hear some of the sounds that Northern Mockingbirds make here.