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Gray catbird

Dumetella carolinensis


Catbirds had a nest in a thick privet shrub next to my carport and were very busy feeding their three babies. This series shows a bit of the family; the first two photos were on 28 May, the third on 1 June and the last on 2 June. The three nestlings left the shrub around 7 June.


My yard

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Maria dB
Maria dB 3 years ago

No need to apologize, James! Also note the red underneath their tails, which you can see a little in the shadow.

James McNair
James McNair 3 years ago

OK, just look different from the ones I have seen....sorry!

Maria dB
Maria dB 3 years ago

I am absolutely certain, James. The parents were scolding me every time I entered the carport (several times daily as it is my main means of entering the front yard) and when the nestlings had left the nest but were still harboring in the shrub, mom and dad were dive-bombing me. I saw these birds constantly (and have quite a number of catbirds in my yard, three of whom were banded in May).

James McNair
James McNair 3 years ago

Sure of your ID Maria? I don't see the wing design or cap on this one! Nice images though!

North Carolina, USA

Lat: 35.91, Long: -79.06

Spotted on May 28, 2015
Submitted on Jun 30, 2015

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