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Old Thursday 26th August 2004, 19:07   #1
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Smile Grey Catbird

While photographing the local birds at the feeder, I was excited to see a Grey Catbird come out of the shrubs below my feeders. It was a perfect location for a Catbird. Rambling roses and weeping raspberries all intertwined. I did manage to get some photos of it, but, with only what amounts to a 300mm zoom I don't imagine they'll be too useful. Especially, considering it was from the second story.

Oh well... it's been years since I've seen one. If I only trusted my ears more, I would have realized sooner that it was there.

What a nice surprise.

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Old Friday 27th August 2004, 00:33   #2
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I'll occasionally see catbirds in my yard. I saw one just three weeks ago in my yard. However, while at Crane Creek State Park in mid-may it was hard to walk 25 feet without seeing a catbird.
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Old Sunday 10th October 2004, 03:18   #3
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I am in Tallahassee, Florida and I have a pair of Gray Catbirds (i know you spell it Grey there) and I may have gotten them to try an apple half. I am curious if you have been able to observe the Gray Catbird eating anything and if so, then what was it eating. Anything you have learned about the Gray Catbird would greatly be appreciated as I am always looking for tips on how to attract them. I do know that a bird bath definetly attracts them and that they like to search around on the ground beneath bird baths.
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Old Monday 11th October 2004, 23:10   #4
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Firstly, I spell it gray or grey depending on the time of day. <G> I sprinkled some blueberries on the ground and sure enough, the Catbird was eating them the next morning. It was only here a few days, so that is all the wisdom I can pass on. They really are quite beautiful. Enjoy!
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Firstly, I spell it gray or grey depending on the time of day. <G> I sprinkled some blueberries on the ground and sure enough, the Catbird was eating them the next morning. It was only here a few days, so that is all the wisdom I can pass on. They really are quite beautiful. Enjoy!
Blueberries very well may be its prefered berry. I currently have blueberries out, but the problem may be that the catbirds may not want to come to the platform feeder, the trick may be to simply throw them out on the ground instead. I have a pair that stays in the thickest growth on my property, so thick i have to walk thru with a machete. I have learned this and I will pass it on, if you attempt to mimick the catbird call (just long drawn out single sylable cat shreek), it will actually fly to you to investigate the sound, very interesting. Furthermore, I kid you not, the catbird literally landed within feet of a feeder equipped with grape jelly and blueberries and simply flew off, persistence may be the key here.
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