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Northern Mockingbird in Allegany

Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird

Last Friday (16 May 2008), I found this Northern Mockingbird in Allegany State Park while traveling through the Quaker area. You might wonder “what’s the big deal in finding a mockingbird” ?? The truth is that these guys are not commonly found within Cattaraugus County and I would assume it is because of our hilly terrain. I will watch to see if this bird sticks around the area for a while but I assume the bird was just passing through the area!!

Northern Mockingbird

My busyness has finally caught up with me. Yesterday it started with a sore throat and this evening the fever started! I hate being sick and has been a while since I have felt this way! Ugg! It better be over by the weekend!

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19 responses

  1. I like your mockingbird – he seems very “focused.”
    (Hope you feel better – drink some green tea!)

    20 May 2008 at 9:54 pm

  2. I hope you feel better soon. Mockingbirds are sure fun to listen to.

    20 May 2008 at 11:48 pm

  3. I’m sure you’ll let us know if he sticks around.

    Feel better soon!

    21 May 2008 at 2:18 am

  4. They make such a “joyful noise” – We certainly have no shortage of them.

    21 May 2008 at 7:01 am

  5. Lisa at Greenbow

    What great luck to find the Mocker. I do hope you are well enough to enjoy this weekend. Sending you healing thoughts…

    21 May 2008 at 7:36 am

  6. My best to you for a speedy recovery.
    Don and I saw and heard our first mocking bird last year in Delaware. They are wonderful to hear.

    21 May 2008 at 7:51 am

  7. Isn’t it so true that was always want what we can’t have? Some said “If dandelions were hard to grow – everyone would want them.” Around here mockingbirds are a dime a dozen – I still love them, though! Great shots!

    21 May 2008 at 8:54 am

  8. Oh, Mon@rch, you poor thing…hope you feel better soon. We have a pair of mockers and this morning I got to thinking we hadn’t seen them in a while. The crows have been abusing them something awful. Then the male came to sing right under the window. So glad they haven’t moved on.

    21 May 2008 at 9:29 am

  9. I was just illin’ as well (just in time for exams), so I do sympathize with you. Hope you feel better soon.

    21 May 2008 at 11:09 am

  10. Funny how what is common for some of us is unique for others. I have ten mockers I’d give you…lol! Hope your ick is short lived and that you feel much better soon Tom. :c)

    21 May 2008 at 11:36 am

  11. Your body obviously needs a rest. I hope to see a mockingbird when I travel south of the border in a couple of weeks.

    21 May 2008 at 7:25 pm

  12. Yes, it seems the more south you go, the more mockingbirds there are (and less excited people get about them!). Get well soon.

    21 May 2008 at 8:19 pm

  13. @ Shelley – Thanks and I probably shouldn’t have gone to work today! Tonight I seem to have more of a fever than last night!
    @ Linda – thanks and actually this one wasn’t vocalizing . . . I just saw it!
    @ Bobbie – thanks and will do!
    @ bird lady – thanks and sometimes I wish we had more of them around!
    @ Lisa – thanks and I need to start working on the banding station this weekend! I also hope that I am better!
    @ toni – thanks and they are great birds! We actually saw one at PISP just before you arrived in the picnic area!
    @ Bird Girl – it is for sure but still don’t want all the dandelions!
    @ Threecollie – thanks and must be fun hearing them vocalizing all night long!
    @ Scienceguy – thanks and hope you are feeling better!
    @ Jayne – thanks and would trade you your ten for some warblers!
    @ Ruth – thanks and hope you see some when coming south!
    @ Joan – it does seem that way! They are also around the great lakes!

    21 May 2008 at 8:35 pm

  14. Hope you get to feeling better, Tom.

    22 May 2008 at 4:19 am

  15. Kaz

    Feel better friend!

    22 May 2008 at 4:32 pm

  16. Marg

    Lovely Mocker-I really like those guys. Hope you feel better soon Tom-in time for the weekend!

    22 May 2008 at 8:41 pm

  17. Grace

    We probably caught something at the ‘bash. Hope we’re feeling better soon. Ecology Camp was damp 😦

    22 May 2008 at 11:13 pm

  18. I can tell by reading your blog over the past year that you really push yourself.-Hope you have a quick recovery but there’s nothing wrong with slowing down once in a while.

    23 May 2008 at 6:17 pm

  19. Sandra Barnes

    For the past 4 years, I have a northern mockingbird that comes to see me every year at this time. Last weekend I was home at my parents (Alden) and there he was, right above me as I worked in my rock garden, staring down at me. I whistle to him and he stares at me and whistles back. HE MAKES ME SOOOO HAPPY EVERY SINGLE YEAR! And up until this past weekend, I am the only one who has seen him. He only sits in my VERY OLD Cherry tree that my rock garden is around, and burning bushes that are next to the garage, and previously in a Sunburst Locust (that the october storm destroyed since)

    18 June 2008 at 1:13 pm

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