No southern garden is complete without a Mockingbird to guard its treasures with his harsh alarm-note and extol its beauties in his brilliant, varied song. He is to the South what the Robin is to the North--and more, for he is present throughout the year while the Robin is with us only during the nesting season. The Northern Mockingbird has a blue-gray back with white-gray belly. It has white ends on its black wings.
Underparts have brown spots.
Population and distribution.
Nests from the Gulf to Iowa and Maryland; rarely to Massachusetts; winters from Maryland southward.
The Mockingbird builds in bushes, orange-trees or other dense vegetation,
from late March, in southern Florida, to early May in Virginia. The 4-6
eggs are blue heavily marked with brown.