Gray Catbird

I haven’t gotten out much lately to go birding, but I carried the camera on a short walk yesterday. I’ve noted a lot of Gray Catbirds (Dumetella carolinensis) about lately, and thought I might get a decent shot of one.

Gray Catbirds are mimids, which means they’re in the same family as mockingbirds and thrashers, all of whom mimic other species. This species, however, does a briefer, more messy sort of mimicking, and it’s easy to tell apart from its local cousins, the Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) and Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum). At the end of a series of quick impersonations, it often lets out a mew from whence comes the common name.

Anyway, I like them with their little caps, and their songs, and their cute little kitteh impressions. I always make an effort to get a shot when I can.