Mockingbirds are very territorial, of course, and prefer to perch on the highest spot in their territory. At home the Mockingbird will chase others away from the feeders with little provocation.
I went back to the Falls of the Ohio for a while, to see how the river is receding. The Ohio is no longer flooding, but not back in its banks by any means, and debris leaves a clear high water mark along the shore. This Hairy Woodpecker is the first I've ever been able to photograph. He must be after some yummy bugs that drowned on this floating log.
I must really like the Internet. I am webmaster for two different websites, Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve and Beckham Bird Club, plus my own blog. This week I started a nature blog for the Nature Preserve called KY Natural Inquirer. Tavia and I will work on it together, focusing on the seasonal changes and natural questions that arise at the Preserve. Hope you will enjoy it too.