Mimus polyglottos…

…the scientific name of the mockingbird. You can tell where they’ve been by who they imitate. This morning, the male near our house showed his interesting background in a remarkably varied two-minute song: summer tanager (a bird of the forest), tufted titmouse (forest and suburbia), house sparrow (suburbia and urban areas), cardinal (rural and suburban), and killdeer (bare ground and grassy areas). Evidently, our mockingbird is a well-traveled fellow. And, he has paid attention wherever he went.

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