CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)
It’s the start of nesting season and the territorial fights have begun. I already see a pair building a nest in the live oak tree just over the fenceline on the lot next door.
As you can see, this one is enjoying the drupes of winged sumac. They are big berry eaters especially in the winter months, also enjoy Dahoon holly berries. Insects are also a favorite in the spring/summer and I have seen them chase down snakes.
Shown on Florida Native Plant: Winged Sumac (Rhus copallinum)