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*headdesk* One of the local mockingbirds appears to have learned to mimic the juvenile hawk cries. I'm screwed. (On the bright side, that explains why sometimes I hear that cry, and CANNOT find the hawk in the tree, even though it should be relatively easy to do since the hawks are enormous.)

Since this may be the same mockingbird that I noticed, this past spring, had learned with great precision to imitate the chirp-chirp of a car alarm being activated... yeah. Seems likely. #@&^%@ mockingbird.

(I feel that the joke is slightly on the mockingbird. If I'm not mistaken, one of the reasons mockingbirds imitate other birdcalls is that most songbird calls are territorial advertisements? So in effect, the mockingbird is trying to warn ALL types of other birds away from its territory? But the juvenile hawk call isn't a warning; it wants to attract other hawks, which you would think would be the last thing a mockingbird would want to do.)

I also meant to note earlier that it's amazing how, once you start looking for hawks, you see them. I know there are red-tails out Waltham way. (There was one in the big oak tree behind my house once this past spring, in fact, being mobbed by a combination of jays, crows, and mockingbirds.) Well, last weekend, when I was out kayaking, I heard a juvenile's cry from a golf course in Newton, along the river. And this past week, I saw one flying over Moody St. on two successive days. Couldn't tell if they were adults or juveniles. jenlev will cackle: I nearly caused a traffic incident with the second one, which had set a flock of pigeons in motion as I was driving by, and was circling amongst them right over the street.



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Aug. 17th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
Heh, mockingbird be confused. ;)

Am reading as I type...pausing here for this: Bwahahahahaha!!!!!!!

You're right, I am indeed cackling. Although, seriously, you be careful out there please. *hugs*

There were three ravens outside the door at work this afternoon. Me with no camera as the heat and light combined with the air quality has grounded me. Still, it was nice to see them hopping about.

Lots of birds on the move these days. So much easier to see when the leaves drop though.
Aug. 18th, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
Watch where you are going!!!
Point the car, not the camera!!! Agh! And I am sorry about the mocking birds - but I have to admit, when I started reading the post, I cracked up! Of course - why do we call the MOCKING birds! Maybe you should start stalking Mocking birds since they seem to be plenty of them...Hang in there!
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