I've found over time that as a general rule, when the Mocking Bird is using a specific growl (almost sounds like he's barking) rather than singing, there is usually a predator close by. In most cases it's another, larger bird. A lot of times, it's the hawk.Sitting in the house yesterday I heard this Mocking bird raising a ruckus and I thought "great, the hawk's out there!" So I grabbed my camera and headed outside to see what the fuss was about. I found the Mocking Bird easily but I couldn't find a predator. There wasn't even another Mocking Bird close by posing a challenge. Seems this bird was bent out of shape over nothing and it went on for hours. Today, he's outside singing like nothing ever happened..
Nothing terribly special about this but I liked the pose.
I wish all the mothers out there a very happy Mother's Day!