This will probably be my last post featuring young Mockingbirds this season. It has been a busy Spring/Summer for the two Mockingbird couples that reside near our home. The pair in our front yard has raised two broods and the pair in our back yard has raised three broods of chicks this breeding season.
I was surprised when I realized the back yard Mockingbird couple re-used their nest for their third, and probably final, brood. According to what I've read about them, Mockingbirds rarely re-use a nest. The location of their nest, in a sweet olive tree near my bathroom window, provided me with a fairly good view of the nestlings. It was a little difficult to capture good photos of them because the small twigs surrounding the nest were in the way.
On this particular day, the two nestlings were fussy- I could hear their little squeals from inside my bedroom. As I was taking photos, they sometimes stood up and climbed to the inside edge of the nest. I knew that soon they would leave the nest and move on to their next stage of growth as fledglings.
Sure enough, the day after these photos were taken, the nestlings were gone. They remain close, probably in nearby trees, because I sometimes hear their squeals. Mom and Dad Mockingbird will watch over them and feed them for another two to three weeks as these young ones learn to adapt to life outside the nest. Soon they will take wing and fly away...and become the beautiful songbirds they were created to be.
Good luck to them all...