I bought a bag of mealworms a while ago and I've been putting them out on a tree stump left over from when our 25 year old eucalyptus blew over in a wind storm back in May? June? (I forget...). Anyway, the mealworms disappeared every day and I finally figured out that a mockingbird was eating them.
So, I watched and yup...there he was! He now enjoys them twice a day. I went through my first bag and had to make a Walmart run to buy another one yesterday. I moved the tree stump to where I can observe it and I also put out a shallow bowl of water out under our sumac tree for the birds to enjoy out front.
There are now 2 mockingbirds that come to eat the mealworms. I think they are mates. One is smaller than the other one (the female, I believe). They seem to live across the street as I see them flying over there several times a day.
Anyway, I looked out yesterday and to my HORROR the damn hawk (Cooper's hawk) was standing in the water bowl having sips of water! AYE! He stayed for quite a while and kept sipping and dipping. The male mockingbird landed in the sumac and was scolding the hawk and I watched for a few minutes until the hawk also went up ionto the tree and I went outside. Hawk flew down the street, all the while being chased by the mockingbird.
I don't mind if the hawk visits the yard IF he doesn't eat the mockingbirds! He killed my blue jay (remember "Burt" the blue jay?) Burt visited us for 3 1/2 years until the damn hawk got him. Now the mockingbirds imitate his calls, so I always have to look and see WHO is making those calls!
Anyway, this morning both mockingbirds are in the yard, taking turns eating the mealworms. It's a cloudy day here (monsoon moisture is coming up from Mexico), so I was able to go out this morning and rake up piles of mesquite leaves at 6 a.m.
I hope the mockingbirds survive the hawk. From what I've been reading, they DO chase hawks and they DO seem to survive, so I'll be crossing my fingers.
I got about 20 photos of the hawk, but I don't have a single photo of the mockingbirds. They are just too fast.