For many years I wondered what kind of bird sounded like a cat mewing in our backyard. It could have been flying among the tree branches, but it wasn’t until last week at Colonial Lake that one stopped long enough to pose for a few photos.
This past weekend, at the Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, while I was trying to photograph a Bufflehead which kept its distance out on a pond, my wife pointed out a Gray Catbird in a tangle of vines from shrubs no more than 10 ft from us! It was jumping from branch to branch and paid no attention to us.
Once I got home and looked at the photos on the monitor screen, I saw that it was snacking on little red berries.
Once the berries were ingested, it appeared to be quite content.
This bird owes its name to the meewing sound that it uses for calling. That sound is not too pleasant, but when it sings, the notes are different, varied, and may go on for many minutes. It is able to copy from other birds and rearrange their songs into their own song repertoire. All in all, a bird lacking in colors and looks, but with very unique vocal abilities.
Three weeks ago, at the Abbott Marshlands, as I was taking pictures of the swans, a gray bird followed me around, emitting a strange sound, perhaps because I was invading its territory. After several attempts, I was finally able to take the following photo. I think it was a Gray Catbird, but I am not sure. If you can identify this bird correctly, please tell me what it is, and I will gladly update this post.