October 16, 2014
I recorded this Mockingbird at my parent’s backyard back in April 2014. It hung around for a few weeks singing off and on all day long till dusk. Even then some nights it belted out a few tunes for good measure.
The first video is a 30 minute soundscape of the bird singing over a period of about an hour. It consists of 7 tracks one after the other all recorded with the iphone 4s standard recording app. It’s amazing the things the mic will pick up that you DON’T want. Like a distant motorcycle racing down a street. Added to the song is the waterfalls around the pool area.
So far, feedback on cat owners have witnessed an assortment of reactions. Some kitties zen out, while others look far and wide for the mysterious bird.
30 Minute Mockingbird Waterfall Soundscape
The second video I titled MockingBird 7 as I took all 7 tracks and played them over each other simultaneously. Since they are all different lengths, they cut off one by one till the last one plays out.
I played around with the still images utilizing various visual effects on iMovie as I didn’t get footage of the actual bird.
At first it sounds like a bunch of mockingbirds all singing at once. Something I don’t believe happens in nature as they seem to be a competitive bird when it comes to singing a song. Duets or group songs don’t seem to be their thing.