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Sunday September 18th 2011    Tim Candler

    Accurate counting of Fall Mockingbirds is I think beyond my ability.  They do not line up as soldiers might, nor are they inclined to sit still for long. They fly around and chase each other, they hide in shrubbery, they suddenly appear from nowhere and generally they behave in a chaotic and rambunctious manner. But I have decided that in the Mockingbird Community tactics for determining Winter territory come under the heading of Family Matters, because loud dispute usually ends with a snack and an  "I just don't know what got into me."  Rather than feathers flying and the grappling on driveways so common toward the end of Winter.

   

     I do however think it safe to say, in the matter of  numbers of Mockingbird, that  I should  draw from my memory of a more peaceful and settled time. We had two nesting pairs within ear shot of the back porch.  Of these two pairs, the Northern Mockingbirds had two children, I think.  The Cedar Mockingbirds nested twice, an effort that produced three children that I know of.  Which gives me an assumption of seven individuals, at least two are male and at least two are female.  So I cannot be sure where the other five or eight Mockingbirds came from

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