Northern Mockingbird With Berry In The Beak

The other day on a walk I spotted a bird perched on a sign, so I zoomed in to capture the scene before the fowl flew away. I wish the image of the northern mockingbird had been more in focus, but I was elated to discover this creature was holding a red berry in the beak.

A northern mockingbird with a red berry in the beak.

 

The second image of the northern mockingbird is more grainy, but it gives you an idea of what this bird looks like in urban Southern California. There are many bushes and trees in our slightly more open areas since many places are still undeveloped, and our landscaping includes many trees. We are also near the mountains and deserts, so birds seem to thrive here.