Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Northern Mockingbird

Sipping first

 

Checking all around

Temporarily trespassing Tufted Titmouse

Waiting for the bee to buzz by

Then entering the bath


Much better

143 comments:

eViL pOp TaRt said...

It's a brave little titmouse to hang out so close to the mockingbird!

Excellent photos of that handsome dude!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love it when they're all puffed up like in that last pic:@)

nic.b van es said...

o wat mooi de basscene.

EG CameraGirl said...

What a clown! ;)

georgettesullins said...

Love his gray suit! What an elegant little birdie.

Giga said...

Piękne zdjęcia z przygotowania do kąpieli i samej kąpieli. Pozdrawiam.
Beautiful photos of preparations for the bath and the bath itself. Yours.

Kate said...

You must charm these delightful creatures to have them pose so beautifully for you. The photo of the slashing bath is terrific.

Dianna said...

It's always a treat to watch birds splashing in a bird bath!

MarmePurl said...

Terrific Temporarily Trespassing Tufted Titmouse

Tanya Breese said...

great shots!

DJan said...

I love to watch birds bathe. It's so much fun and they always make me smile. Cute little guys! :-)

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, love to watch birds bath....beautiful MockingBird pictures, right place at the right time, Blessings Francine.

Deb said...

Always cautious... Great shots

trav4adventures said...

Oh, how fun! I love to watch birds taking a bath!

Betsy Adams said...

Looks like Mr. Mocker had a really nice bath.... Love the photo of the water splashing all over the place.
Hugs,
Betsy

Nancy Claeys said...

Such a beautiful bird. Love the splashing! :)

Sandra said...

the bath tub episode/story made me smile... so sweet and great shots. i am wondering if the Northern Mocking bird is as loud as our southern one is

Jacquelineand.... said...

What a natty looking gent!

Casey said...

Excellent! Love the splashing in the bath.

Lynne said...

Wonderful . . . ready to get on with the day!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Love all the pictures,but the splashing water is my favourite. So much action going on.

Breathtaking said...

These birds are much bigger than I thought. Excellent photos Theresa.

Fireblossom said...

Hey now everybody, have you heard? Theresa's gonna post about a mockingbird. And if that mockingbird can't fly, she's gonna take it to a private eye....

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

A Mockingbird has been singing so many pretty songs out near the barn where my horses live. They are wonderful to have around.

Jeevan said...

The bird looks tiptop with strip feathers! The last two pictures are enjoyable quite :)

Ayu Maselli said...

I love the way he was taking a bath.
amazing

Judy said...

Awe, this made my day. I love the bath shot!

Sandra said...

Isn't it too cold for a bath?

Gail said...

I enjoy watching these but enjoy it more when they are quiet.

Great photos as always!!!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Mocking birds are such brave birds, and so lovely and their songs, just simply enchanting. We have a current resident bird that I promise plans to eat a few rotten Crabapples that are left clinging to the tree next door, every day until they are gone, and without interference from any other bird, joining in, if it has the say so. So far the Mockingbird is winning~

Molly The Wally said...

We have never seen a mocking bird. We get to see some many new things up close on your blog. Looking forward to skinny chicken when he surfaces again. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

MTWaggin said...

So love watching birds in the bath and have never seen a mockingbird so this was cool.

Beth said...

You have the neatest birds in Texas. Great shots!

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Ahhhhh. We can't get a mockingbird on the Tiny Ten! Great series Tex. I love the little bees you have been capturing.. :)

Lois Evensen said...

You get so many lovely visitors. :)

Rose said...

Oh, I so love that second from the bottom...just an expression of total joy to me.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Nice series. No Mockingbirds in my area. Guess that is a good thing.

Linda said...

Mockingbirds are among my favorites. I love hearing them go through their repertoire, and they're especially beautiful in flight. Loved this series. Now I have to wipe those pesky water droplets off my monitor.

Furry Bottoms said...

They look as dry coming out as they do going in!

Findlay Wilde said...

That Mocking Bird really is lovely. From Findlay

Jan n Jer said...

Nice pics...did he wake you with his singing???

Sketchbook Wandering said...

What a spectacular surprise dive that was after waiting...waiting...A song from way back (along with The Yellow Rose of Texas) was Mockingbird Hill. And that's all I knew of the mockingbird...

Sylvia K said...

Lovely birds! I love to see them playing in the water! A clown indeed Fun shots!!

ellen abbott said...

the mockingbird is one of my favorites. great shots.

Pearl said...

An adorable little birdie!

Pearl

Gary said...

If he's a Northern Mockingbird, why isn't he up here in the north. Ha Ha. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Pam ;) said...

Fabulous bath time captures, Tex.
Great action shots!

Kjell T. Evensen said...

Great. Go for a swim. :-)

don said...

This fine series has a great ending. I like a series with a story line occasionally...and this is a very good one.

Karen said...

LOL. Love the big splash!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

No birdies taking baths here - too cold! What a cutie.

Wally Jones said...

A very nice series on your (and ours) state bird!
Love shots of birds in the bath!

Patty Woodland said...

So much like a catbird, but without the hat

Allison said...

LOVE the birdbath - and wish for warm days when I can take a little dip myself...

Raggedy Creations said...

handsome fellow. Do these guys sing pretty. We have mockingbirds here that have a pretty song.

Felicia

Buttons said...

Morning Tex I truly love your birdie shots and tales:) Hug B

Fábio Martins said...

You don't know how i like this pictures with your history maked by you :-) more please :)

Fábio Martins said...

You don't know how i like this pictures with your history maked by you :-) more please :)

Kerry said...

I love mockingbirds, and wish we had them here. When we lived in Alabama I would hear them at night, singin' away. :)

i stora drag said...

Lot of bading today on WBW! :)(Think of my bading swans!)
Nice photos of this bird I never seen! Greetings Pia

Pam ;) said...

two great minds with one single thought- giggle giggle ;) and you know why.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I think that must be a relative of my little sourpuss!

Sally said...

I cannot seem to get a bird picture, but you always have such wonderful ones!

xoxo

Haddock said...

What a series of pictures.
Wonderful. Its always so soothing to observe birds.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

They really are pretty birds. This one was patiently waiting for his invigorating bath! Wonderful series.

Fjällripan said...

So lovely to see this nice bird taking a bath! :)

edenhills said...

That's quite the splash!

Andee said...

So much fun at the bath :)

Kathy said...

It's so much fun watching birds bathe. I sometimes feel like a voyeur!

Mama Zen said...

Fabulous shots! I love the last picture!

grammie g said...

Hi Teresa...He is awesome I love these when they are here, such characters!! Drive the neighbors crazy, but I love them!!
Great set of photo's love the bath one : )
Grace
PS I linked to the WBW hope I did it right!! Thanks for your comments!!

HansHB said...

So cute. Gorgeous photos!

Daryl said...

last two are my favs

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Handsome fella! Love how he splashes in the bath.

grammie g said...

Hi Teresa...I will try to do that,not time right now...
I thought it would show my blog name and not my name, what did I do wrong??!
Grace

mick said...

A great series of photos with beautiful detail.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

He's a handsome guy! I love listening to them!

bailey-road.com said...

I love having Mockingbirds around, even thought they like to chase away the other birds. Nice series!

Larry said...

Great series on the Mocker Theresa! Cute cameo by the Titmouse too!

Robin said...

T, you knew it just resist! Nice captures. It's such fun to see bird bathing!

Bob Bushell said...

The Mockinbird is going to bathe itself, ah, that's done it. Beautiful pictures.

Lindsjö taxar said...

How qute , taking a bath in your garden....you have so many visitors there

Gert said...

Oh, I love this! Aren't they just so much fun to watch? I can't wait till spring!!

Blessings,
Gert

Terry and Linda said...

I agree...a bath without prying eyes is ever so much better!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

Marie said...

I love these photos! Birds bathing are so much fun to watch!

Hilary said...

One of my favourite birds.. quite possible the one I love best. Aren't they just the sweetest things? I love these darlings. Great shots, Tex!

Red said...

Great action photo story without a video cam.

Margie said...

So sweet T, and makes me want to break into song, the James Taylor and Carly Simon version of Mockingbird!

FOREST SNAPPER said...

They do enjoy a good soak, lovely photo story


peter

S. J. Qualls said...

Nice pictures, especially the bath and after.

NatureFootstep said...

how fun. I wish I had seen it too.

DIMI said...

Amazing shots Tex!I love watching birds splashing in a bird bath!So cute!
Dimi..

barbara l. hale said...

I love mockingbirds! Well, I've hardly met a bird that I don't love. Nice series of this beauty!

Black Jack's Carol said...

Oh, what a delight, Theresa. Such excellent pictures and wonderful action series. Yet another bird I've never had the pleasure of seeing except through your beautiful blog!

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Love this series! I don't think I've ever actually seen a bird bathe in a bird bath - in fact, I'm a little surprised that it actually went in head first!

eileeninmd said...

Great series, I always love the splish splashing! Beautiful shots of the Mocker!

Brian King said...

I had to laugh at the Titmouse! Mockingbirds look kinda mean, anyway, and even more so after a bath! LOL!

Maple Lane said...

Fun pics of the birds.

parker said...

Nice captures of this territorial bird! Splish-splash I was taking a bath!

Black Jack's Carol said...

Your 100th comment: (if I hurry up):
You are so brilliant! Thank you for the i.d. help on my blog. I'm looking at the female hawks in flight page, and the Rough-legged Hawk i.d. fits perfectly.

Have to add, those Turkey Vulture are amazing!

Andrea said...

I love the mocking bird. They are so clever and commical and I love their varied song. We don't get them up here that often ... when I lived in Champaign/Urbana, they were always around. I miss them. Thanks for the great pictures.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Margaret said...

I love the playful splashing! You two match (your side photo - which is lovely btw :)

Montanagirl said...

Great sequence! I have never seen one of these birds, although I think they're around.

Merri said...

nice! I grew up in S Texas, and spent a few winters in N Texas a decade ago... i miss those birdies!
- The Equestrian Vagabond

Susan said...

How cute is that! I could use a bath like that!

Cloudia said...

sleek fellow!



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Nancy said...

Your animals sure do seem to show off for you when you get near with a camera....I love the splashing around in the water photo....so cute and precious....

Paula said...

That bird sure knows how to kick up that water. The cats in our neighborhood hog the bird bath. Susie would prefer to drink there then the fresh water I give her.

SweetMarie said...

These are so great! I love the birds together, the bee and my all time favorite...bath time!!! I just think it's so cute when birds bathe! :)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,
Oh my this Northern Mockingbird looks like NEW! They are like pets, we one year (before we had cats) tamed one, together with a reddish squirrel and a brown thrasher to come up the steps to the veranda. Than over the threshold into the veranda and closer to the kitchen... Feeding them nuts and sunflower seeds etc. When Mom & Dad had their first breakfast with us, I opened the door and called them all in: Mocky etc. Dad said he knew he was awake but he almost had to pinch himself for not believing what he saw! Yes, you can tame a lot of birds and animals. We love them!
Hugs to you,
Mariette

Farm Girl said...

ours are all fighting like crazy. I just hope they run the blue jays off. Noisy things. I sit and watch all of the bird drama going on right now. There is so much you would think it is spring.

Lynda said...

Looks like a happy day for the birds!!!

Randy said...

Guess he wanted the bath to himself.

SquirrelQueen said...

What a polite fellow, he waited until everyone else was gone so he wouldn't splash them. Great pics!

polkadotpeticoat said...

They are so cute......

Maria said...

Phenomenal, I hope it sang for you.

Linda R said...

Ahhh... These photos make me smile.

Hugs~

Stephanie said...

great pictures!

petspeopleandlife said...

These are really good. I have a very few and of course all I had to shoot with was an 18mmm-200mm canon so my shots are not very good. Images are too small. One day though if I live long enough i'll have a 400mm or even 500mm lens. You did a good job on the mocker. Beautiful iamges.

Leave It To Davis said...

Adorable post...love the bee!

pattisjarrett said...

This made my day! I love how they get all fluffed out, then take the plunge, and pop up like nothing happened.

BlueShell said...

Hi, Theresa...what a magnifcent set of photos. Great!
Have a nice day
BS

BlueShell said...

Kisses, and hugs

Carole M. said...

beautiful birds and great captures of your visiting birds Theresa

Stewart M said...

Nice pictures - giving the birds water is such an important part of birdscaping.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

Stewart M - Melbourne

Monika B. said...

Sou beautiful pictures.

Monika B. said...

Sou beautiful pictures.

Jori said...

Beautiful birds! I love the one of the bird in the water shaking off.

I went into your archives to check out your barred owl photo's. FABULOUS!! It was so much fun to see all of your pics. You have a great barred owl gallery. How amazing that you captured two in a tree together!

Darcie (My Modern Country) said...

"spish splash i was takin' a bath"
Couldn't resist :)

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

I can't imagine taking a bath with so many visitors buzzing/flying by. Nice shots!

Barb Brookbank said...

Such a cute series!

JM said...

What a great splash on the 8th pic. So cool!

Catherine said...

Sweet!
xo Catherine

Jackie said...

Oh my as a native Texan it always warms my heart to see a Mockingbird and you certainly have shown him at his best!

I am jealous but I am so glad you got these shots!

I also can't believe I just now started following your blog. I thought I did that ages ago!

I hope you're having a good week. I know I would be if I had those shots!!

Candy C. said...

OMG!! Love, love that shot of the splashing!! :)

Betty Manousos said...

thank you for these refreshing pictures.
splashing!

Neil said...

Beautiful series.

Faye said...

A very charming photo story of birds visiting your water "fountain". We've had bitter cold and snow for the last week so I've been trying to feed and water the birds. They like whole grain Ezekial bread and orange slices. Don't have a waterer so am using Chet's "I am not a hog" food bowl.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Really serious about that bath! Did he get your lens wet?

~Lindy

Yamada Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa,
Wow, what a wonderful shots of Northern Mockingbird♡♡♡ My husband I loved or adored her satisfied looking face of hers after she bathed(*^_^*) The shot of the splash is SO wonderful, my photographer friend♬♬♬
Thank you very much for the cute photos as usual.

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako

Jen said...

I love Mockingbirds. This one is adorable. I'm surprised he tolerated the titmouse even briefly.

Kerri said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your mockingbird!

Donna said...

Birds are so funny when they splash around!

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