It was a heavenly respite from the recent chill weather; warm, sunny, soft and velvety, spring-like air laced with subtle Autumn spiciness.
While trying to capture footage of my canary hens singing, an unexpected ‘visitor’ arrived outside the window, startling all my birds. As you can see in the video, they immediately fell silent and went into high-alert. And with good reason; mockingbirds (Mimus polyglottos) are territorial, fearless, predatory (towards insects and other small creatures) and aggressive.
Wild mockingbird terrorizes my tame canaries.
The mockingbird obviously wants ‘in’. He didn’t hit the glass, didn’t shy away once he saw the activity inside. In fact he seemed to be trying to find a way in! Maybe he was coming to visit, or maybe he was coming to dinner.
Sorry, my canaries aren’t on the menu!
More likely, he wanted to drive these competing sissy-birds from his turf. Not that canaries are sissies – in fact they can be downright feisty when defending their ground. It’s just that mockingbirds consider themselves tougher than anything else out there – including critters that could easily turn the tables on them! Take a peek at this great video clip I found on YouTube of a long-suffering hawk being downright bullied by a swaggering mocker.
‘My’ visiting mockingbird came back a couple more times and I tried to get the best footage I could, considering the circumstances. Near the end he seemed to relish startling and terrorizing the canaries. The hens, though, being smart like all canaries are, soon learned that they were safe from this marauder and began to show more curiosity than fear.
For anyone unfamiliar with our beloved Southern US songster, click here for some information.
For additional video clips of this incident please check out my YouTube channel.