Charcoal gray bird on Long Island's South Shore

by Michele
(Long Island, NY, South Shore, NY)

I was quite surprised to see this bird on the fence of our backyard deck; it was so smooth and slim and its color was charcoal gray. It had a black thin beak and perhaps had a little black crest(?) on its head. What amazed me was how smooth it looked! And, the "matte" color was unusual. But, it flew away quickly, and my husband and I cannot find anything that resembles this bird on any site. We are thinking it is not a Long Island, NY, bird...

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May 16, 2016
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by: John

Hi Michelle,

Glad to hear we at least made a positive ID on your bird.

Sorry about the cat situation putting your birds in danger as that can be a real problem for sure!

John
Cottage Grove, MN

May 16, 2016
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by: Michele

Thanks for the information, John; you confirmed what, after doing a lot of research, we suspected. It is a beautiful bird, and I do hope he/she comes back to our yard. Unfortunately, we cannot place any food outdoors any longer (so no grape jelly); two colonies of cats have threatened our bird population, and we are attempting to dissuade them from visiting us. Sadly, we are losing most of our feathered visitors, too, because we had to remove our feeders. I have spoken with the folks at Cornell about this, but there is almost no solution. We are endeavoring to protect the birds who visit us, but we can no longer feed them. Kind of a Catch-22. :(

May 15, 2016
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by: John

The bird you have described matches the exact description of a catbird. I have one visiting my Oriole feeder now in Minnesota and they are known to love grape jelly in a jelly feeder just like the Orioles.

They are a very clean looking bird and even have a call that sounds like the meow of a cat and they are also a cousin to the mockingbird.

Enjoy this bird as it is a interesting addition to anyone's back yard!

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