Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird2507The Gray Catbird is fun to watch; highly animated as he chases insects around and highly comical as he sits and practices mimicking the calls of other birds. They’re cute too, all gray with a black mohawk and big brown eyes. This guy sat in the bush next to me and practiced while I waited for warblers, periodically popping out as if to make sure I was paying attention to him. On this day he was practicing his House Wren and Eastern Towhee, among others which I couldn’t identify. The bullfrog and Red-winged Blackbird were being performed in the background by the real things, although it would be fantastic to hear a catbird doing a bullfrog call!