Photography of Birds – Set # 212

Set # 212

Northern Mockingbird (Juv.)

Northern Mockingbird (Juv.)

Northern Mockingbird (Juv.)

The Northern Mockingbirds aggressively defend their nests and surrounding areas against other birds and animals. When a predator is persistent, mockingbirds from neighboring territories may be summoned by distinct calls to join the defense. Other birds may gather to watch as the mockingbirds drive away the intruder. In addition to harassing domestic cats and dogs that they consider a threat, mockingbirds will at times target humans. The birds are bold, and will attack much larger birds, even hawks. One incident in Tulsa, Oklahoma involving a postal carrier resulted in the distribution of a warning letter to residents.

Eastern Towhee (Juv.)

Eastern Towhee (Juv.)

Eastern Towhee (Juv.)

Eastern Towhees primarily eat on the ground, although they also glean from vegetation. In a southeastern Massachusetts pitch pine barren, 73.5% of male and 80.4% of female foraging observations were on the ground. When foraging on the ground eastern towhees use a scratching technique where both feet kick back simultaneously. In a laboratory study 4 eastern towhees used this method to successfully obtain seed buried almost 1 inch (2.5 cm) deep. When foraging above ground the majority of time is spent gleaning foliage.

© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

8 thoughts on “Photography of Birds – Set # 212

    • Some birds have a “bully” reputation but others merely defend their family or territory. Thank you, Ashley for sharing. 🙂

  1. Wonderful to see these juveniles, HJ, and the info is appreciated too. Curious story about the Tulsa postal carrier and resulting letter of warning, but I have seen how insistent and bold the mockingbirds can be. As for the towhee’s foot dance, I have been known to shuffle this step in a silly moment.

    • Juvenile birds are very much like children, most things they do are imprinted in their genes but lack the experience. Later once they learn the ropes, they feel like big bosses. Thank you, my friend. 🙂

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