The view from my perch on the mountain

Northern Mockingbird

Mother Nature has lost her mind! The first significant snow of the year, nearly 10 inches, fell earlier in the week. Yesterday the high temperature was in the mid 60s and what snow didn’t melt during the day was washed away by the torrential thunderstorms overnight. Today started out warm and we had a few torrential downpours and a tornado watch until late this afternoon. Then the temperature started plummeting and we have a chance of snow showers overnight!

With the whacky weather in mind I decided to exercise a little common sense for a change and stay close to home. I still managed to get a few frames today. This Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) taking shelter in the brush along the edge of the tree line behind our place was shot through the bedroom window at a range of about 50 yards using a Sigma 150-500MM optically stabilized telephoto zoom lens.

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5 responses

  1. Hi Mockingbirds in Ca. sure do not look like that, maybe they were nightingales…anyway..used to make us CRAZY in the summer. Could not leave a window open..those birds would keep us up all night and day. It is a nice looking bird though. I have seen so many winter geese flying north lately.. suppose they are confused too?? Hope you have a great week.

    February 24, 2012 at 9:56 PM

  2. Yeah, this weather is nuts! Snow gone quickly on Monday (loved it that it melted quick). Then we had excessively warm weather, but now it is very windy. But we’re supposed to have the big chill and then it’s gonna warm up! ACK!

    February 25, 2012 at 9:30 AM

  3. But great pictures of the mockingbird. I haven’t actually seen one in Rockbridge County.

    February 25, 2012 at 9:33 AM

  4. Reminds me of our sparrows! Just needs to be a little browner… 🙂 Interesting to see a Mocking Bird…so far as I know we don’t get them over this side of the pond!

    February 25, 2012 at 1:29 PM

  5. so beautiful, this soft grey.

    March 21, 2012 at 5:54 PM

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