Saturday, June 4, 2016

Listen to the Mockingbird

Here are some tips to attract that most wonderful warbler, the mockingbird, into your yards, and some solid reasons that you want them around, singing you to sleep each night~

My migratory Mockingbird friends from Yanush, 
how I miss those two~!

Not only do Mockingbirds eat crickets, grasshoppers and other insect pests in your yard, they prevent other, more predatory species of birds from making nests and dining in your yard, or nearby there.  

Like cowbirds and startlings.

Since we've moved to Poteau, OK, one of my main goals has been to entice more Mockingbirds to make our small yard their home.   Them, and bats (more later on them).

The reason being, mostly their songs at every time of the day.
But Mockingbird couples are VERY, Very territorial birds, so it becomes necessary, especially within a small yard, to provide nest areas as far apart as possible, from other Mockingbird nesting areas.

We are able to mostly triangulate nesting areas in our yard, maximizing Mockingbird homing instincts around us, then enticing them with their favourite foods on our lawn to keep them here, and coming back for years to come:

Very Lovingly lifted from BirdsForever. com, the following Mockingbird advice: 

Of all North American birds, the Mockingbird is by far, the most famed for its vocal imitations. Besides its own rapturous song, the mockingbird's repertoire has been known to include over 40 different sounds including the barking of a dog. Mockingbirds can be fiercely territorial during the mating season as they defend their nests and territories. Watching their behavior can be quite thrilling. The Mockingbird is a very important visitor to your backyard. Not only is it's song enchanting, but they will help to eat many of your nuisance garden insects!

Their song is a mixture of original and imitative phrases, each repeated several times. It will imitate other species' songs and calls, squeaky gates, pianos, sirens, barking dogs, etc.

During the mating season the male will mark his territory with wonderful song. You will see them singing incessantly, both night and day, hopping from one song post to another. If you see him jumping up and down in the air, he's catching a few insects! In the Fall, both the male and female will mark their territory to protect Fall and Winter food sources.

Mockingbirds require open grassy areas for their feeding, thick, thorny shrubs for hiding the nest and high perches where the male can sing and defend his territory. Gardens are among its favorite dwelling places especially if winter berries are available.

The Mockingbird's primary diet is insects (beetles, ants, grasshoppers and spiders),berries and seed.

I sprinkle salted sunflower seeds and safflower seeds in the yard to attract Mockingbirds, too.
... Usually because of merely spilling them from the bags I'm already eating from ... LOL

Here is a Marvelous YouTube Audio of a male Mockingbird, singing between the late hours of 10 pm and 3:30 am.:  

i cannot post it here, but it's worth it~!

Mockingbirds will not typically visit your typical birdseed feeders.
However you can attract them to your backyard by:

Placing a suet feeder in your yard.

Offer chopped dried fruit grapes or raisins on a platform feeder.

Offer apples, prunes, pomegranates to mockingbirds on a special fruit feeder.

Make sure you have a bird bath or water source.

Plant berry bushes such as holly, mulberries, raspberries, Virginia creeper, blackberries, dogwood, elderberries, hackberry, brambles, pyracantha, cotoneaster, grapes or figs to attract these musical superstar/friends into your yards.

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