This time of year many birds are marking and defending territory for breeding. They pick out what they think is the best location and defend it by song and sometimes by battle. The Northern Mockingbird, Minus polyglottos, has a reputation for being very territorial. When I used to do a lot of birding I would notice that often a Mockingbird would follow us around at a location, fussing at us until we left. Saturday I was visiting a friend's farm for another project and I couldn't help noticing this pair fighting. Actually there were about 5 on the farm but these two were really going at it. Below are some of the photos I took. For a larger view click on each photo.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology had this to say. “Males disputing territory boundaries fly toward each other, land near the boundary, and face off, silently hopping from one side to another.”
“Eventually, one bird retreats and the other chases it a short ways.”
While I was in the area they had several fights over the prime location.
I think they were fighting over who owned the flower garden.
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