Northern Mockingbird (11)
Jun 25 2022
Ottawa- A pair on territory. Regionally rare.
Chris: I was also excited when I got out of the car at Montreal Airport and heard the song…many Canadians don’t get to see these often
BrianMorin: Isn't that a coincidence. This bird and its mate are at the Ottawa Airport, about 150 feet from a runway. The nest is in a tangle along a fence behind a secure side fence but only about 40 feet in so it will be easy to watch the birds coming and going later on. We had them on a mowed area close by, feeding and resting in a large tree. One of them came down to the ground about 20 feet away. The male does incredible mimics. Perfect House Sparrow, Robin, Crested Flycatcher, Starling, Killdeer, Kingfisher, Red-winged Blackbird alarm call and a number of others. They are indistinguishable from those birds.
Alfred - This shot fell into my lap. I stopped at a spot looking for a perch that a Bobolink might land on. I grabbed my camera to test the settings on the bush and as I raised it there was the bird I was hoping to find.
Jun 9 2022
Alfred - Identified as male because it was singing on territory. It is not a spectacular species but it has a pleasant song.
May 16 2022
The Greater Painted Snipe is polyandrous, bonding with several males during the mating season. Once eggs are laid, males provide incubation and bring up the young ones.