Singing Northern Mockingbird on Antelope Island

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Singing Northern MockingbirdSinging Northern Mockingbird – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 400, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

It was nice to photograph this Northern Mockingbird singing in between the clouds and rain yesterday on Antelope Island State Park. I can hear far more Mockingbirds on the island than I did last year and certainly far more than when I first moved here in 2009. It seems that birds are migrating further north than they had before and in higher numbers and personally I believe that is because our climate is changing and changing fast.

I love to hear the Mockingbirds sing and try to pick out which birds they are mimicking.

Life is good.



  1. Utahbooklover May 25, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Indeed Mia, the counts are up: Northern Mockingbird populations declined by about 20 percent from 1966 to 2010, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 32 million with 83 percent in the U.S., 16 percent in Mexico, and 6 percent in Canada. They rate an 8 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score and are not on the 2012 Watch List.

  2. Elephant's Child May 25, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Such an elegant bird. Muted, monochromatic magic.

  3. Patty Chadwick May 25, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Wonderful shot of a champion, non-stop singer….who would win THE VOICE in a heartbeat. Mockingbirds supposedly moved north here in the east following the spread of the “living fence” rose bushes after WW II which provided rose hips for them and the climate warming, a fact denied by some of our not too bright, not too observant citizens..

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