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A medium-sized songbird, a bit more slender than a thrush and with a longer tail. Mockingbirds have small heads, a long, thin bill with a hint of a downward curve, and long legs. Their wings are short, rounded, and broad, making the tail seem particularly long in flight. Mockingbirds are overall gray-brown, paler on the breast and belly, with two white wingbars on each wing. A white patch in each wing is often visible on perched birds, and in flight these become large white flashes. The white outer tail feathers are also flashy in flight
Guarding the garden from its favorite perch on the rose bush. Large migrating flocks of Cedar Waxwings, Red-winged Blackbirds and Robins have kept this guardian very busy.
Spotted on Jan 7, 2013
Submitted on Jan 8, 2013