|Gray Catbird, singing its hoarse cat-like song. © SB|
During one of my regular, but long-ago, walks along Wascana Creek, I saw a Gray Catbird.
I understand that they're not uncommon in Regina, SK, in the summer, but this is one of the few I've photographed so far.
These mid-sized birds have an overall gray colouring, with black caps and dark reddish orange under-tail feathers.
(The picture below shows a better view of these rufous feathers. In that shot, this bird looks paler, too — a trick of harsh light in deep shadow, I suspect.)
Although they sometimes mimic other birds, the Gray Catbird's standard song is an odd, cat-like mewling.
This one stayed firmly in the shade of nearby trees, as if determined to thwart me and my camera-clutching hands.
(It would be nice if birds didn't do that... I would have liked a closer look at this Gray Catbird!)
|Gray Catbird, along Wascana Creek, Regina. © SB|
What is this? Gray Catbird (Moqueur chat)
Location: Wascana Creek, Regina, Saskatchewan
Photo date: July 6, 2012.