For all the obvious reasons, many birders initially equate Mississippi birds with the Mississippi flyway. The state is literally the first and last stop for many of the migrating birds every season.
If they don’t recognize the name, they recognize the river. So it’s fair to claim that all birds known Mississippi. Do all the people of Mississippi know the approximately four hundred and twenty five Mississippi birds?
It’s hard to say. It’s probably safer to suggest that most people of Mississippi known their state bird, the Northern Mocking bird. It’s the most wide-ranging and recognized Mimidae species.
It lives year round in its territory, so most Mississippi residents with one or a few in their yard, greet it on a daily basis. Then there’s the response. Everyone soon becomes familiar with the Mockingbird’s propensity to sing, sometimes all day and night.
Even more amazing, mockingbirds sing in foreign languages. Experts estimate that mockingbirds possess the ability to mimic dozens of bird species as well as the sounds of bells, whistles, frogs and other sound producing objects within their range of hearing.
Mississippi Migrating Birds
Speaking of singing, Mississippi, like many Gulf Coast states, also enjoys the pleasure of hosting a variety of neo-tropical songbirds on their way to and from their northern breeding grounds. Names such as warblers, tanagers, thrush all fall under the songbird rubric. Their vocalizations always brighten up a spring day.
Migration also brings the shorebirds to the Mississippi coast. Along with the year round residents and songbirds, they constitute the bulk of the state’s official bird checklist. The picture shows a Worm Eating Warbler, one such neo-tropical visitor.
Regardless of the quantity of avid birders in Mississippi, there are some very quality birders. One such birder created a map of great birding places in the state for the benefit of tourists and visitors alike. It is presented as a jumping off place for visitors to begin their own Gratography bird stories.
Have you visited any of the birding hot spots on the map? Share your bird pictures and stories on the birding hot spot page. Just press the button below this introduction.
Here’s your invitation to transform this section into a Mississippi birder’s birder’s delight. Bird pictures and stories for everyone.
The categories are loosely organized to insure that all the backyard birds and most of the common wild birds are included. Choose a category and begin the adventure.
The green Bird button at the top of the page points to information suited to answering basic bird identification questions.