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A few days ago I photographed a Northern Mockingbird in Sabino Canyon. Some say these are year-round residents in the Sonoran Desert near Tucson. However, I only see them in the cooler weather of autumn and winter.
In Sabino these birds hang out on mesquite trees and they seem to feed on mistletoe berries. In that respect they compete with Phainopeplas who also claim mesquites for their turf and feed on mistletoe as well. There is often squabbling between members of the two species.
Mockingbirds are members of a family of birds known as Mimids. These birds include several species of Thrashers. Mockingbirds are renowned for their ability to imitate other species.
Image made with a Canon 5Diii, 400 DO, aperture preferred setting, ISO 400, f7.1 at 1 800th.