A few nights ago I woke up at around 3am to hear a bird outside chirping its head off. It was actually a very nice song, but it was 3AM! STFU! The next morning I was sitting outside enjoying a cup of coffee when I heard the song again. I got out the binos and identified the sucker. At first I thought it was a curve-billed thrasher which also can sing up a storm, but the beak was not curved. It had a long tail which made me think it was a kingbird. Nope. Those have a pronounced yellow belly. Finally I read the description of a northern mockingbird. Ah-ha! It frequently sings loud and long in the middle of the night. I watched it do a little dance at the top of the neighbor's tree. I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't some sort of mating dance as it he tried to attract a mate. It was quite interesting and amusing to watch him do this loop around the neighborhood singing the entire time. I'm hoping he finds a mate soon so he can stop all of the singing and just crash in front of the t.v. with a beer like all of the others guys out there.