The Northern Mockingbird materializes in the backyard from time to time. But just recently a pair had decided to build a nest in our lemon tree. Initially I observed the mockingbird duck into the lemon tree and thought nothing of it. But it kept happening quite often over a couple of days. I went down to take a closer look at the lemon tree and discovered a nest. The first one on our property. I felt as proud as the two mockingbird parents. Actually, it was the perfect spot because it was secluded and almost hidden away from predators and other birds.

Twig in beak, ready to build a nest.

Twig in beak, ready to build a nest.

Heading for the lemon tree...

Heading for the lemon tree…

The completed nest in our lemon tree.

The completed nest in our lemon tree. It’s behind the leaving and stem. You have to look real close.

The mockingbird parents nested and cared for their eggs dutifully. I did not personally see the eggs because I didn’t want to disturb the nest or make it potentially fall by poking my hands around.

On the fence.

On the fence.

The two responsible parties are very diligent about their territory. So much so that it seems like other smaller birds stopped visiting the feeder in the back, which I hope is only temporary. But I discovered how bold and fearless these mockingbirds are. There a couple of crows who frequent the tall pine tree in the neighbor’s yard a couple of houses down. The mockingbirds would do their very best to frighten and chase the crows away. And it worked. Granted, I did witness that one of the crows landed on the arbor in our yard just inches away from the nest, sleuthing around. The mockingbirds were going nuts but I helped them out by successfully clapping my hands and scaring off the crow.

Fending off a crow!

Fending off a crow!

Attack mode!

Attack mode!

These little birds are fearless!

These little birds are fearless!

The mockingbird aggressively flying around the crow...

The mockingbird aggressively flying around the crow…

The crow finally takes the hint and flies away.

The crow finally takes the hint and flies away.

I must give props to the mockingbirds for being so earnest about the nest and their eggs! Hopefully we’ll see some chicks soon!

Pair of mockingbirds standing watch on the neighbor's roof.

Pair of mockingbirds standing watch on the neighbor’s roof.

On guard...

On guard…

That tail is up! Sensing possible danger?

That tail is up! Sensing possible danger?