The Mocking bird so called for it's melodious singing
as well as it's ability to mimick other birds songs,
as well as the sounds of some insects.
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Mocking birds will readily defend their territory,
and nests against any and all foes.
Mocking bird eggs and young are a food delicacy
for a variety of preditators. Such as snakes,
hawks, and other large birds, as well as o-possums,
racoons, and the list goes on and on.
I have seen them in the defensive mood against
snakes and hawks. They will band together
when necessary, to defend their terrritory.
It is verry early, but they are seen in these photos,
seemingly laying claim to last years nest's, and
spring is at least 2 months away.
In the photo above the nest can be seen at
lower left. In the photo below the nest is in
the tangle of Jasmine vines.