How do I get rid of mocking birds that sing at 1:00am?

Brenda Burress
by Brenda Burress

Last summer mocking birds would get in a tree outside my bedroom window and sing for hours all during the night. It would wake me up. I went outside and made noise, but they were not deterred. It continued until they decided to nest in a tree further from my house. Any suggestions except cutting the tree.


  9 answers
  • How about getting a sound machine or white noise machine? Wear earplugs?

    Most birds are protected, see if this helps.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jan 05, 2019

    Hi Brenda. I'm Cindy. I did some research on this topic because I knew nothing about mockingbirds. I learned that the mockingbirds who sing in the night are unmated males looking for a mate. They also sing in the night to establish boundaries. And, here's something interesting, they sing even more on a full moon. To get rid of them, you can try providing a food source away from your house. They love berries. Another way to get rid of them is to put a fake owl in their tree, or on your roof. I can only imagine how frustrating this situation is for you. Lack of sleep is not good for anyone. Wishing you all the best.

  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on Jan 06, 2019

    bet you have a 'yard' or 'street' light that stays on all night ... they will entice a 'single' male to sing for a mate at all hours of the night .... either invest in a 'white noise' machine for your bed side, or ask the city utilities to darken the light from midnight to dawn ...

  • Pam Walker Pam Walker on Jan 06, 2019

    DO a little research & find out what Mockingbird's are afraid of. Set that aside & during the daytime, they will see it & at night, they will stay away from that area.

  • Beth Beth on Jan 06, 2019

    Brenda, my mom and dad had the same problem! One night Dad got so frustrated, he marched outside in nothing but his boxers, around the corner of the house to the bedroom window where a dense but small tree was illluminated by a streetlight. He picked up a rock and hurled it at the tree and returned to his bed. In the morning, there was a dead mockingbird on the ground there!

    I'd send him over, but my folks passed on years ago....

  • Joy Brady Joy Brady on Feb 14, 2019

    Years ago we had a Mockingbird couple that kept trying to build a nest in a small tree about 10 yards from our front door and we also had a cat, after numerous times knocking the nest out of the tree (always when the birds were away), they would just rebuild so, for the safety of the bird family, we put a rubber snake in the tree and the birds built their home elsewhere.

  • That's a very tough one, once birds stake claim to a territory, they don't want to leave unless they find the area troublesome or unsafe. If you have a small tree or bush that they're nesting in you might be able to protect it with a net. They sell bird netting to protect fruit plants, like strawberries, from birds, it may keep your Mockingbird out of the earshot as well.