Mocking a… Killdeer!?

I just had a weird experience.  I was outside in my backyard and I heard the unmistakable call of a killdeer.  This was a bit of a shock, because I live in the suburbs, not Killdeer habitat.  I grabbed my bins and began scanning the neighboring yards lawns, but no black and white plover was in sight.  But there was a Mockingbird hopping around.  Hmmm… suddenly the mocker opened it’s beak and called.  Killdeeeer! Whoa!  How did a mockingbird learn a Killdeer’s call?  Could it have traveled from more open areas?  Any ideas?

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One response to “Mocking a… Killdeer!?

  1. Don’t know an exact scientific answer but my mockers mimic killdeer all the time and i don’t really have killdeer here.

    James

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