|Northern Mockingbird sings near Charlotte, N.C. Photo by J.J. Meyer|
Have you been hearing the songs of the Northern Mockingbird this fall? They were noticeably silent when they were molting in late summer. But they typically sing again from September to November.
In the spring, the male sings his heart out in hopes of attracting a mate. And even after he's found that special lady, his songs go on day and night. Mockingbirds continue to sing for two purposes: to defend their territory and reinforce the pair bond.
Mockingbirds are typically insect and berry eaters. But they visit my yard daily for suet snacks and handouts of meal worms.