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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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Glostopcat 12 255 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 11 351 33 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 5:44PM
delightful if only I had an award to give outSmile
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
4 Jun 2011 5:44PM
A superb image, Sylvia. Carol
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
4 Jun 2011 5:49PM
This is a special one Sylvia, the pose and positioning in the frame are perfect. - gary
Cormy 10 3 England
4 Jun 2011 5:52PM
A beaut.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
4 Jun 2011 5:58PM
A stunning bird Sylvia. Easy to see how it got its name.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 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.
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 6:48PM
Excellent shot, Sylvia.
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 7:00PM
A splendid pose Sylvia Smile
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 7:16PM
great comp sylvia cracking detail and tones a belter nice one Wink
4 Jun 2011 7:26PM
Stunning shot!
4 Jun 2011 7:38PM
A beautiful bird and a superb pose very well captured.
lianna 8 13 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2011 8:27PM
wow what excellent pin sharp detail here sylvia!!! fantastic x x
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
4 Jun 2011 11:12PM
A superb capture, never heard of the catbird. .......Sandy
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
5 Jun 2011 4:36PM

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

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
Lillian Plus
8 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
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
5 Jun 2011 8:20PM
Beautifully detailed bird Sylvia against a very complementary bg. Interesting info too.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
6 Jun 2011 12:30PM
An outstanding shot in all respects notch!
franfoto 10 2 32 England
8 Jun 2011 5:52PM
Superbly detailed capture in perfect pose.


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