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Old Jul 20, 2009, 3:31 PM   #1
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Default Grey Catbird Family

This bird is a gutsy survivor. She built her nest in a bush and it was quite well hidden until the bushes got trimmed with a noisy gas powered hedge trimmer. She was now close to a busy walking path for all to see.

Despite all the intrusions into her privacy she has not given up being a doting mother.

It is called a Cat Bird because of its distinctive catlike mewing.


Her children looking for dinner.

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Old Jul 20, 2009, 3:49 PM   #2
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Thanks for posting a great series.

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Old Jul 20, 2009, 5:43 PM   #3
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Nice. She (?) exhibits a strong nest fidelity. I know these birds from Florida, but I have only seen one in California where they do not normally occur. My last encounter with one was off my windshield in Pennsylvania near my inlaws home. Funny how you tend to remember those things.
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Nice sharp pix Lou!
amazing how nature adapts.
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Very nice Lou...#2 and #3 really tell the story! Sharp imagery too.
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She sure has a hungry brood, doesn't she?
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Beautiful birds...we had a pair nest in our front yard in one of the bushes. Colours are slate gray with a beautiful black cap. One of our trees had an infestation of Canker Worms. For awhile there every time I saw one of the adult Catbirds...they would have a worm in their bill. Our tree did rather well against this infestation, whereas many other trees lost significant foliage. I attribute our tree's health to the Catbirds.
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Hi Lou,

Very nice!!! I've never seen their nest or babies

My favorite is the nest with the kittenbirds

I've had encounters with these guys, and they are one of my favorite species because they seem to share their namesake's curiosity, and don't seem to be intimidated by large beings with big clicking eyes.

. . . and they do magic tricks! See these posts from last year.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...ight-beak.html

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...ce-4-imgs.html

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Sarah, glad you enjoyed viewing them as much as I did taking them.

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Old Jul 21, 2009, 5:17 AM   #10
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Nice. She (?) exhibits a strong nest fidelity. I know these birds from Florida, but I have only seen one in California where they do not normally occur. My last encounter with one was off my windshield in Pennsylvania near my inlaws home. Funny how you tend to remember those things.
Penolta,

I think it was a she as the bird was off the nest at the time I took the picture but it could have been the father as well.

Well at least another collision with one is unlikely now that you live in California.

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