by Gigi Soucy
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!!!Comment
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.