We didn't have resident mockingbirds on the farm when we first moved here, but since we cleared a path for the house in order to move it, an open space has been created that mockingbirds feel comfortable in. I have mixed feelings about their moving in, since their song is so strident, but they are native unlike house sparrows and starlings and I don't have mixed feelings about them at all.
There must be more than one, likely a resident male and female and possibly more, since it seems that every time I turn around a mockingbird is watching me. Here a mockingbird sits on top of the birdhouse that's at the back of the big perennial bed. The birdhouse has been empty for the last two years except for tree frogs; since the house was moved the box is now too far from the forest edge for chickadees to feel safe nesting there.
I am working on getting more cover in the ditch, by planting seedlings of American snowbell and swamp cyrilla on the banks of the ditch. I'm sure the mockingbird would vote for American holly and possumhaw. American holly gets too tall for that location, and so far I have had *no* luck in propagating possumhaw (or any holly, for that matter.) There will be more American beautyberry on the banks of the ditch, and the mockingbird likes that too. I see the mockingbirds and hermit thrushes all of the time in the big beautyberry bushes at the southern end of the big perennial bed and in the Japanese beautyberries near the house.
At this point in time the berries don't look that appetizing, but they are likely sweeter than they were earlier in the year.
Eventually I hope to get more shots of the beautiful hermit thrushes, as they have been spending a lot of time feeding on the beauyberries near the house.