Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Gray Catbirds are Back!

I’ve been waiting for this time of year for such a long time. The Gray Catbirds are back, and this is the most fun time of year to see them.

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They have just arrived and are setting up territories. There is a lot of singing and displaying so they are easily seen this at this time.

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This guy seemed to settle down when he heard the clicking of the camera. He was actually as cooperative as a catbird could be. Soon, the nesting will begin and they will be a little more secretive. But today, B and I had fun watching this one warble in an old apple tree.

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For those that are not familiar with the Gray Catbird, they are gray, they have a black cap and the under tail coverts are rusty. A little of the rusty vent area is seen below.

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16 comments:

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Lovely images Steve. I like the attitute pose in he first one. :)

Kelly said...

Wow...fantastic shots...all of them! I keep waiting for a Catbird to appear on the trail, but so far....nada! After seeing your photos, now I'm really impatient for their arrival.

Chris said...

Hi Steve,
They are beautiful!! You got fantastic shots and I love the one singing!!! I do not really know them and I'm wondering how big they are?

Kallen305 said...

Steve, those shots are MAGNIFICENT! All of them came out so clear and you did an excellent job bringing out their simple beauty which has been very tough for me to capture because they are so gray. Nice job!

hip chick said...

I think I may have photographed one of these the other day...but I didn't notice the rusty area. I can see I will have to brush up on my bird ID's if I'm to keep taking pictures of them.

Steve B said...

HI Hip Chick, I had to tinker with the exposure in the last one to get the rust to come through. It can be difficult because of the contrast. It isn't always obvious in the field either.

Thanks Kim, We do try!

Chris, these are the size of a Fieldfair.

Hi Kelly,
We seem to have plenty in this area. There are lots of hedge rows and thickets.

Hi Joan, this the second or third shot I took, he was trying to figure me out.

A New England Life said...

Aren't these birds wonderful? It's always a joy to hear their squeaks, knowing they have returned once again. Ours has been enjoying the oranges I put out for the Orioles.

Nice : )

madcobug said...

Great pictures Steve. You did a beautiful job. We have Gray Catbirds here but I have never noticed any russet on them. They sound so much like a cat LOL. I am going to try to get a closer look at them to see if I can see any russet. Thanks for sharing.
Helen

Ginnymo said...

Great shots of this pretty bird Steve!! I've never seen one....

Mary said...

Oh what terrific shots!

Jenny said...

These are fabulous shots Steve. He seems like a real character I can see why you enjoy just taking time to watch them.

Francois said...

I have just visited this site for the first time and I am in absolute awe of what I have seen here.

Great photography!

The Early Birder said...

Well you have certainly done this 'meow' bird justice Steve, especially the rusty undertail coverts.

Steve B said...

Hi Sharon and Jenny, These guys are really cool. They make wonderful neighbors. Say, I’ve seen tons of orioles this year.

Hi Helen, you just go to catch them before they go into breeding mode and become secretive. They will stay in the bushes and shadows and you’ll have a tough time seeing the field mark.

Ginnymo, you are missing out on a real wonderful bird. I used to enjoy them even before I was a birder.

Hi Francois, Glad to have you stop by!

Hi Frank, pretty soon, that’s all we will hear from them is “Meow” as they hid in the bushes.

Greener Bangalore said...

Amazing shots Steve....Just loving these birdies........

Roy said...

Its a great looking bird Steve.

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