Gray catbird?

by Gigi Soucy
(Huntsville.Ontario, Canada)

can you identify

can you identify

Well this bird look like a gray catbird but did not sing the way they describe in a book I have(catlike meow call).

Can anyone identify this bird!!!

The darker crown and the long black tail, certainly makes me think it is a Gray Catbird. There is always the pleasure of variety and the unexpected about the catbird. One minute he will delight you with the sweetest of songs. The next minute he utters the cat call that has given him his name.

Some of them are also good mimics. One year, we had a Catbird outside our bedroom window. Each morning his repertoire included the noise of a phone ringing, a dog barking, and a man talking. I am not making this up!

He likes to hide his nest in undergrowth or thick bushes. Catbirds are very intelligent birds. If one nest is disturbed in May or June when the birds are raising their families, all the catbird neighbors join in the outcry of mews and cat-calls. Should a disaster happen to the parents, the orphans will receive food from dome devoted foster mother until they are able to fly.

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Jul 17, 2012
Catbird baths
by: Karen

I've been in this location for 14 years now, and this summer is the first time I've seen a Gray Catbird. I have 2 plant saucers on my cement patio in the shade that I fill with water for the birds and squirrels. I have now seen the Catbird come several times to take a drink and a bath. He'll splash in both dishes each time he comes.

May 26, 2010
Thank You Susan
by: Gigi

I had the opportunity to take more pictures of this beautiful bird, and from diff. angles and I do agree it is a catbird, I would just have to have the time to maybe listen to its various repertoire. Thank you Susan for your help!

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