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Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

By teocali
The Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis), L:8.5" WS: 11" WT: 1.3ozs, is common in brushy woods and damp shaded areas, foraging for insects and other invertebrates and berries. Overall slaty grey plumage with a blackish cap and distinctive orange colouring on the underside of the tail; no other Eastern bird is this colour. The song is a rambling halting warble, with catlike mewing and interspersed sharp chirps. There were a number of these birds in our friends' garden and, like our own robin, they seemed very people-friendly and would perch close-by, watching us and entertaining us with their miaowing!

Many thanks for your C&Cs on my Baltimore Oriole upload and thanks to Pete for the HC on my American Robin - all really appreciated Smile

Tags: Usa Grey Wildbird Gray Catbird Massachusetts Chatham Wildlife and nature Cape-cod Dumetella-carolinensis

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Comments


Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
4 Jun 2011 5:32PM
A top shot Sylvia, what a handsome little bird. He's posing so proudly for you

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pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 5:44PM
delightful if only I had an award to give outSmile
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
4 Jun 2011 5:44PM
A superb image, Sylvia. Carol
gary_d Plus
8 576 13 Wales
4 Jun 2011 5:49PM
This is a special one Sylvia, the pose and positioning in the frame are perfect. - gary
Cormy 8 3 England
4 Jun 2011 5:52PM
A beaut.
Cheers
Alan
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
4 Jun 2011 5:58PM
A stunning bird Sylvia. Easy to see how it got its name.
Ron
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
4 Jun 2011 6:28PM
A really excellent shot with a delightful pose of a bird I do not recall ever have seen before, and I have to admit have never heard of. It's amazing what one can learn from this site other than photographic techniques, Sylvia.
Ronnie.
TonyDy Plus
7 5 2 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 6:48PM
Excellent shot, Sylvia.
Tony
helenlinda Plus
9 344 22 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 7:00PM
A splendid pose Sylvia Smile
Helen
andylea 7 37 1 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 7:16PM
great comp sylvia cracking detail and tones a belter nice one Wink
andy
4 Jun 2011 7:26PM
Stunning shot!
Sam.
A beautiful bird and a superb pose very well captured.
Steve.
lianna 6 13 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 8:27PM
wow what excellent pin sharp detail here sylvia!!! fantastic x x
4 Jun 2011 11:12PM
A superb capture, never heard of the catbird. .......Sandy
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
5 Jun 2011 4:36PM

Quote:A stunning bird Sylvia. Easy to see how it got its name.
Ron


Also easy to hear how it got its name.
Wonderful capture Sylvia.
You didn't miss a thing today as we didn't see a single dragonfly. For the best place in the country the weather won. Hope you are feeling better
Richard
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2011 6:18PM
Such a wonderful little bird Sylvia,
so well captured with the very alert look in his eye
Lillian
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
5 Jun 2011 8:20PM
Beautifully detailed bird Sylvia against a very complementary bg. Interesting info too.
Brian.
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
6 Jun 2011 12:30PM
An outstanding shot in all respects Sylvia.....top notch!
Geoff.
franfoto 8 2 32 England
8 Jun 2011 5:52PM
Superbly detailed capture in perfect pose.

Fran

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