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Don't Mock Me!


Last updated 6/2/2021 at 9:11am

Doug Harling

These Northern Mockingbirds can be found on the plains of El Paso County every spring, when they arrive for mating season.

"Don't Mock Me."

This week, I did just that! I went out and mocked a Northern Mockingbird. Mock means to "mimic" (someone or something) scornfully or contemptuously, tease or make fun of. For me, that meant to play the songs of the Northern Mockingbird in an attempt to draw it closer so I could get a better picture. Mockingbirds are very territorial, so playing their call made it impossible for it to ignore me. Within minutes, I was being treated to an amazing flight show and territorial standoff.

Most of us think of mocking someone as a way to make fun of or tease another person. The North...

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