Mockingbirds consume a lot of insects, including pests, and so can be quite useful birds to have in your garden. Many people also find the vocal abilities of mockingbirds entertaining. Wild birds produce a wide range of calls. They mimic the calls of other birds and random sounds, such as the noises of other animals and cellphone ring tones. The result is an appealing, and sometimes bizarre, song. To attract these birds to your garden, provide a variety of foods on your bird feeding station. Mockingbirds are far from shy, and you don't usually need to provide special feeders.

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Mockingbirds have subdued plumage, but their vocal abilities are impressive.

Step 1

Hang a platform bird feeder from a tree branch. Alternatively, install a bird feeder on a pole. Some of these are freestanding, and for others you simply dig a hole, put the end of the pole in the hole, replace the soil and stamp down firmly.

Step 2

Soak dried fruit, such as sultanas, in a bowl of water for a few hours or overnight.

Step 3

Place a variety of foods on the feeder. Birdseed mix is acceptable, but mockingbirds especially enjoy suet and the dried fruit.

Step 4

Watch the feeder. If you notice predators such as cats nearby, make sure they cannot access the feeder. If necessary, add a squirrel baffle to the tree or pole as per the instructions. Squirrels won't hurt the birds, although they might take their food, but baffles for squirrels work equally well on other mammals.