Audubon witnessed this behavior of snakes stealing eggs and the young of Mockingbird nests. He also observed the mobbing behavior of Mockingbirds against the snakes, sometimes successfully driving them off.
Audubon noted that Mockingbirds “are always ready not only to defend themselves vigorously and with undaunted courage, but to meet the agressor half way, and force him to abandon his intention”.
The Northern Mockingbird is a popular state bird, and holds that title in Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas.
Painted on a Florda Jessamine climbing shrub (also called a Carolina Jessamine or Yellow Jessamine).
The Rare- Prints Audubon Edition is a fine art series of giclee reproductions, strictly limited to 1500 of some of John James Audubon’s most beloved images. Printed with archival ink on 330 gram Somerset velvet enhanced paper with beautiful deckled edges, the Rare- Prints Edition provides a wonderful opportunity to purchase and enjoy the fantastic illustrations from John James Audubon’s great work, “The Birds of America”.
Each print measures 26 inches by 40 inches, depicting the full, life size images of Audubon’s drawings.