They Help Me Call Chancy


The Northern mockingbird Arkansas state bird. There are lots of them around my place. They can be confusing to Chancy at times.


They can whistle and sound just like me when I whistle for Chancy to come in. Sometimes when he is outside they whistle and Chancy will look to see if I am out there. They have not learned to say…let’s go get a big cookie though. lol I can go out the door and one will whistle at me. They mimic a lot of whistles and sounds I make interacting with them. They respond to me until I go inside. I have wondered how long they would keep it up but I tire before they do so I will never know.

37 thoughts on “They Help Me Call Chancy

  1. Katie Isabella 05/19/2017 / 11:31 am

    One knocked the socks off my little Tortie girl Robin back in the late 90’s She deserved it too…she had caught a baby fledgling. They convinced her as did we to “DROP IT!!”

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 05/19/2017 / 12:43 pm

      They can be very aggressive at times and will attack. Had I been Robin I would have dropped that fledgling too…those pecks on the head hurt.

  2. jbcamera 05/02/2017 / 1:51 pm

    Great photos Mags. I rarely see Mockingbirds here, and have never managed a photo!

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 05/02/2017 / 2:24 pm

      Thank you. I hope you get to capture some photos of one…your photos are amazing.

  3. Nylabluesmum 04/30/2017 / 12:12 pm

    HAHAHAHAHA!! The day I hear a bird call, “Want a cookie/’ I will probably faint!!!
    What a delightful blog Maggie.
    Good to hear you are doing so well.
    Love to you & Chancy & Pooh from me, Sherri-Ellen & ~~head rubsss~~ Siddhartha Henry~~

  4. Anonymous 04/27/2017 / 4:46 pm

    I love my mockingbirds but no-one has interacted with me. If I had Chancey or a relative I might have a pretty good chance! That was so much fun to read. xxx

  5. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy 04/27/2017 / 1:40 pm

    We don’t have mockingbirds. When we visit somewhere with them, I’m constantly looking at them, wondering what sort of bird is making the sounds, just to find out (yet again) it’s a mockingbird.

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 04/27/2017 / 1:47 pm

      They are experts at making one think there are birds around that are not. They fool me sometimes.

  6. Marty the Manx 04/26/2017 / 9:26 pm

    I love mockingbirds but poor Chancy πŸ™‚ Beautiful photos! Hope you are well and enjoying your spring.

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 04/27/2017 / 10:52 am

      He has pretty well learned to tell the difference in the bird and me. We are doing okay and really enjoying spring but for the thunderstorms and tornadoes.

  7. ianscyberspace 04/26/2017 / 8:27 pm

    It is so nice to have wild animals interact with you by choice. I don’t like to see animals or birds caged but suppose some birds feel safe in their cages. Our neighbours have an interesting bird and they leave the cage door open so the bird comes and goes as it pleases.

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 04/27/2017 / 10:55 am

      I don’t like to see animals or birds caged either. That is great that your neighbor lets the bird come and go.

  8. Anonymous 04/26/2017 / 11:56 am

    We have never seen a Mockingbird! Our Mama has never seen one either and always thought they were larger than that! They sound fun and a little cheeky πŸ™‚

    the critters in the cottage xo

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 04/26/2017 / 12:37 pm

      They are fun birds to watch and listen to. When I took the photo I was quite a ways from the bird which makes it appear smaller than it actually is. I think too this one is a young one and not full grown.

  9. Tamago 04/26/2017 / 10:45 am

    Hahaha, that’s funny! I hope they won’t copy “let’s go get a big cookie” πŸ™‚
    But it’s also wonderful you can interact with them like that!

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 04/26/2017 / 12:42 pm

      If they ever do mimic “let’s go get a big cookie” I am pretty sure it will be a definite first. πŸ™‚ We love interacting with them…tons of fun.

  10. manxmnews2014 04/26/2017 / 9:55 am

    It’s been awhile since I’ve seen any mockingbirds. When I was young they were always around our house, but that was far away from where I am now. I miss the diversity of bird life here.

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 04/26/2017 / 10:04 am

      I am sorry that you do not have more birds to enjoy. I would share with you if I could. πŸ™‚

  11. Madsnapper 04/26/2017 / 6:30 am

    we get lots of giggles from our mockingbird, he starts around 4 am and sings for hours, he goes through every sound he knows and he has a ton of them. sometimes I go out and say could you give us a break?

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 04/26/2017 / 9:48 am

      They do have a lot of sounds and sometimes they fool me into thinking it is what they are mimicking. Does he give you a break when you ask? πŸ™‚

  12. meowmeowmans 04/25/2017 / 10:52 pm

    Hee hee. That’s so funny, Mags! When I lived in L.A., some mockingbirds would mimic car alarms in the neighborhood. True story! πŸ™‚

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 04/26/2017 / 9:49 am

      Oh, my! That could be aggravating if people were going out to check their cars to find all was well.

  13. The Island Cats 04/25/2017 / 9:04 pm

    Aw, poor Chancy being confused by that silly bird. But at least he gets a cookie.

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 04/26/2017 / 9:50 am

      He has gotten pretty wise to the birds now and they rarely confuse him. Too I have chosen to not whistle so much and call him in other ways.

  14. DailyMusings 04/25/2017 / 6:20 pm

    I love Mockingbirds and will often play with their calling too! They are wonderful birds πŸ™‚

  15. Brian 04/25/2017 / 5:39 pm

    Are those silly birds confusing you Chancy? I get confused when the doorbell rings on a TV commercial and there is nobody at the door.

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 04/26/2017 / 9:52 am

      Shame on those commercials for ringing that bell and confusing you.

  16. Arkansas Patti 04/25/2017 / 4:36 pm

    That is so cool. I have a lot of them also but never heard one whistle. Probably because age seems to have stolen my whistle. I have to clap for Callie now. I will be really impressed if them mimic my clap.

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 04/26/2017 / 9:54 am

      I don’t whistle as much for him any more since the birds were confusing him. I make a sound that so far the birds have not mimicked. I will be impressed too if they mimic your clap.

  17. Marg 04/25/2017 / 3:08 pm

    They sure do know how the copy sounds. The ones around here swoop down and attack the cats, not badly. But it is fun to try out different sounds with them.Great Pictures of them Have a great day.

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 04/26/2017 / 9:57 am

      Yes, they do know how to copy sounds and a lot of them. I am glad they do not injure your cats. Blue Jays are the ones that swoop down and attack animals and people here. I am glad you like the pictures.

  18. marystreasurechest 04/25/2017 / 2:33 pm

    How fascinating.. Lovely photos and your true friend. Hugs from us both.

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 04/26/2017 / 9:57 am

      They are fascinating birds and fun to interact with. I am glad you like the photos. Hugs back to you both.

  19. chardixon47 04/25/2017 / 2:32 pm

    LOL-I would definitely be confused πŸ™‚ I’ve never had a bird interact with the dogs except to dive bomb them πŸ˜‰ Of course, a bluejay always bombed my hubby when he would take the trash out. That was long ago and faraway. I’ve seen birds sneak food if the dogs left some laying around-LOL Birds are closer than we think. Love the share today, Sis. ❀

    • Mags Pooh and Chancy 04/26/2017 / 10:00 am

      It doesn’t take much to confuse me as you know. πŸ™‚ This has been my first time to see a bird interact with a dog too. Blue jays are the dive bombers around here too. When we had outdoor dogs and cats the birds were always stealing the food, especially the blue jays. I am glad you enjoyed the post sweet Sis. ❀

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