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Tuesday, June 22, 2010


From YouTube: These birds have been living in a blue spruce outside of my house in Cambridge, Mass. They always make a nest in early June, and this is the third year we have had babies cheeping in the tree. This video is of the mother bird on the roof. I would love to know what type of bird they are!


Jae said...

The colouring is hard to make out, but basic shape and white on outer edge of wings suggests Northern Mockingbird

Kyllikki said...

It's a Northern Mockingbird.

The white wing patches, the call, and the display behavior are all distinctive.

The Wikipedia article on the species is pretty decent and has a photo of the display behavior.