Sunday, July 14, 2013

Catbird Seat/Birding

Gray catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) with lunch for the kids 

Gray Catbirds are secretive, often barely seen hiding among the tangles of vines and thickets. 

Trying to hide behind a few leaves

But this time of year young catbirds are "ruling the roost" demanding protein,  and parents are out foraging, making them more visible to cameras.

Notice the rufous-brown patch under the bird's tail.

I am linking with I'd Rather B Birdin'  HERE.

26 comments:

Lowell said...

You are spending a lot of time in the woods these days, right? Beautiful series. You should do a coffee table book of your bird photos!

Sandra said...

i love the second photo, so beautiful and i am glad she is not sticking that protein down my throat.. LOL... a good mom, or maybe a good pop. not sure

eileeninmd said...

Great shots of the Catbird! I've been seeing them moving around my yard a lot lately.

Kerri said...

SUPER shots!!!

TexWisGirl said...

i would love to see one of these in person!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Fantastic images of a parent providing for its young. Well done!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Lovely shots!

Stephanie said...

Nice clear shots of this bird?

Judy said...

I agree with Lowell, You should do a book with all these lovely bird pictures. And if you do, let me know so that I can buy one. Signed, of course.

Anni said...

...and they really DO sound like a cat when the sing.

Great images. Makes me wonder just how the expression "Sitting in the Catbird Seat" came about now.

Nicki said...

You have done a great job catching them in the process of fetching.

Andrew Fulton said...

Stunning images... Many thanks for sharing.

Nette Cecilia said...

Lovley photos of the bird ,nette

Ken Schneider said...

Catbirds overwhelm us in the winter here in Florida, but they seem to leave for the north all at once. Won't be long before they return, ahead of many of the other migrants.

RedPat said...

I agree with Lowell - you should do a book, "Birds of Southern Ontario" ??

DeniseinVA said...

Your catbird photos are great. We used to get a lot of them around my feeders but not so much anymore. I tried to find out more about robin's and their nesting habits but only read that they have two broods a year. It would be interesting to find out if they had more down here and I will keep researching.

Terri said...

Great shots- he appears to have spotted you in that last shot!

Jack said...

Such great shots!

Carole M. said...

fabulous photos; I love to see the birds with their prizes for their offspring

acreativeharbor.com said...

Absolutely fantastic photography ~ Wow! Nature's beauties in action!

Happy Week to you ^_^
Thanks for comments.

bailey-road.com said...

Great captures of these lovely birds.

Kate said...

Terrific series of photos.

Cezar and Léia said...

It's very interesting, you got clever captures!
Léia

Pat Tillett said...

Very nice photos! Mother nature in action...

Sue said...

How do you manage to catch them while they're eating? You are a wonder.

=)

edenhills said...

I seem to have a catbird or so living in my plum tree. It's fun to hear them all the time.

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