If your life is for the birds, you might as well share it with them. Let's talk birding in Southern California.
"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven." — Emily Dickinson
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Northern mockingbirds are highly territorial
Northern mockingbirds often perch conspicuously on high branches to make their presence known. Photo by J.J. Meyer
Generally known for their singing abilities, Northern mockingbirds can also make fierce sounds in an attempt to run off competitors. These highly territorial birds puff up to make themselves larger. With their tails in the air, these medium-sized songbirds are not afraid to show aggressive behavior to other birds they consider a threat including scrub jays and crows. It's not unusual to see a mockingbird or a pair of mockingbirds attack a crow that comes too close to their nest.