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Thursday, May 19, 2011
All-night songfest keeping you awake?
A Northern Mockingbird sings his heart out near Charlotte, NC. Photo by JJ Meyer
If endless singing has been keeping you up at night this spring, the culprit is likely a Northern Mockingbird. It has a vocal repertoire of more than 400 songs and can imitate other birds, barking dogs and even musical instruments. Generally it's a male singing all night, especially during the breeding season when it's trying to attract a mate. His songfests continue throughout the nesting season to defend it's territory and reinforce the pair bond with its mate. So if you have a resident mockingbird in your yard, the best you can do is close the window or buy earplugs, because the singing will not likely fade until July.