Northern Mockingbird, North Carolina, United States by Sujata Roy

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As the weather changes from the colder months to the warm spring temperatures, birds become more active and start becoming more territorial. Northern mockingbirds are amazing singers and can sing the entire day to entice a partner. It always is amazing to hear them and also watch them over territorial fights. These songbirds herald the spring in a beautiful way. I always go to a birding trail which is near the county library and the birds are used to people walking on the trail. I have seen three mockingbirds at this location. On this particular day, I watched as two of them were chasing each other off, this particular one was sitting majestically in the new spring leaves and maintaining its stance. This bush is at the parking area and gave me good opportunity to watch the bird with being inside the car, which I used as hide. As the bird became comfortable with me being around, I got down from the car and positioned myself closer to ground and tried looking up to the bird. I saw the reds in the background which were from another tree spring seed pods. I loved the muted tones of the bird which contrasted well with the backdrop of reddish hues. It was a windy day and hence the feathers of the birds are dishevelled.

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