Some of my favorite forest friends are Mockingbirds. It was a joyous sight to see a family today in what is always the Mockingbird Tree. It has been their tree since i arrived in 2009. In the nearly 8 years I have been living in Hot Springs National Park no other birds have nested in this tree. I witness a Cardinal fly over and land then promptly leave. The Mockingbirds are very territorial.
Dad was on a top branch looking miserable with his molting head. Two juveniles where jockeying for position pushing and flapping to gain dominance over one and other. Mom was out hunting and returned with a beak full of insects for the kids. A family tree filled with a favorite family.
Love to ALL!