The Catbird Came Back
Catbirds sound as if they should be some kind of mythical creature – part cat, part bird – like centaurs or griffins.
However, Gray Catbirds are actually another one of those migratory birds that arrive from Central America to spend summers in our garden.
They compensate for their relatively drab coloring with vocal talents. At times they really do sound like mewing cats. Part of the same family as mockingbirds, they will also mimic the songs of other birds.
Most oddly, they will sometimes sing in a way that sounds as if they are accompanying themselves with a broken accordion. Here’s a link to recordings of Catbird calls and songs.
Gray Catbirds like shrubs and thickets, but they do visit our feeders to eat jelly and safflower seeds. Their normal foods consist mostly of fruit and insects.
Do you have Gray Catbirds visiting your garden?