Monday, June 20, 2016
Watercolor Birds #43: Gray Catbird
I saw a catbird yesterday. It was the first time I actually noticed it and could identify it. It is not a remarkable bird. It's pretty small and gray, and it likes to spend its time in the bushes. Not something that would immediately call for your attention.
Unless it raises its tail and you notice the red butt :)
Or hear a mew.
Gray Catbirds are related to mockingbirds and thrashers, and like them, they have a large repertoire of songs they make up out of mimicking other sounds they hear. And they got their name from a mew sound they make.
Unfortunately, the bird I saw did not mew, though I asked it to. I guess I'll have to get my mews elsewhere.