Our local young fellow has a vast repetoire of very amusing sounds: your basic mockingbird 'twee-deep, twee-deep, twee-deep', a car alarm going off (complete with the pause and double 'boop-boop' of being reset), an imitation of an angry crow caw, a VERY fine imitaion of a whole murder of crows cawing--at a distance!, Starling calls, sparrow chirps, etc. The most recent addition is the sound of an aluminum baseball bat hitting a baseball, courtesy of the people who live behind us and their kid who bats fungo at 11:30 at night when the mockingbird is revved up and running through his calls, in prime learning absorbtion mode.
I recently spotted our mockingbird during the day,
surprising since he starts singing at around 11:30 at night and
continues until nearly dawn. He was a young, healthy, skinny little
thing who was so bright-eyed and bouncy he looked like he was on speed
and could go forever.
Oh well, I wonder what interesting sounds we could teach him...?