Sunday, April 19, 2015

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbirds are rare in Minnesota, so seeing them is always a pleasure. This mimic-thrush is common within its range, and most abundant in Florida and Texas. I have previously blogged on the species, which is found in parks, yards, and brushland. These photos are from the Dallas, Texas suburbs where we recently visited family.
Across the country, with few, local exceptions, mockingbird numbers are generally declining by almost 2% a year. Farnsworth et al. (2011) note that mockingbirds have “disappeared as a breeding species in Minnesota.” Biologists are unable to explain this trend.

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