Northern Mockingbird | State Bird Of Arkansas

Northern Mockingbird - State Bird Of Arkansas

Northern Mockingbird - State Bird Of Arkansas

How many of you knew that the Northern Mockingbird was the state bird of Arkansas?

On March 5, 1929, the Northern Mockingbird became the state bird of Arkansas.

How many of you knew that the General Federation of Women’s Clubs was responsible for naming the mockingbird as the official state bird?

I have never heard of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and had to look it up. It is an international women's organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others.

It was founded in 1890 during the Progressive Movement. It is a federation of over 3,000 women's clubs in the United States which promote civic improvements through volunteer service.

How I Got The Shot - Northern Mockingbird

I had gone to the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma Saturday morning. I saw several Eagles and other birds but nothing I wanted to photograph. The duck hunters were out in large numbers, so I knew seeing wildlife would be difficult.

On my way home I stopped at the Fort Smith National Historic Site in Fort Smith, Arkansas. I can always locate something in this park to photograph.

I saw a Northern Mockingbird chasing American Robins around a large cottonwood tree. I was in this area for almost an hour watching it chase the Robins. I saw several Dark-eyed Juncos in this same area and it didn't chase them.

I was using my Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera with the Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens. I was shooting from the window of my pickup. I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/3200 of a second at f7.1 and the ISO at 800. White Balance was set on auto. I was using single point, continuous auto focus with evaluative metering.

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