Backyard Birds, Gray Catbirds, a double delight! May 12, I was sitting outside with my camera and a cup of tea when I heard what I thought was a Catbird. Sure enough within seconds, I saw one fly into our barberry bush. It then made its way to the oak tree where suet and seed feeders were hanging.
I watched and snapped a few photos as it dined on peanut suet, thinking how great it is to have the catbird back again. We have had a pair nest in the barberry bush as well as a rose bush in past years. Is there a mate and where will they nest this year I asked myself?
About a half hour later I heard a different bird call. I was sitting there wondering what bird is that when double delight appears in the oak tree. Two Catbirds! They really seemed to be enjoying the peanut crunch suet until a Starling startled them.
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The pair were back again yesterday this time dining on tangerines as well as the suet. I was outside but doing some yard work instead of sitting and no camera. ☹
I found this information plus more at Audubon Field Guide:
“Early in breeding season, male sings constantly in morning and evening, sometimes at night. Courtship may involve male chasing female, posturing and bowing with wings drooped and tail raised; male may face away from female to show off patch of chestnut under tail. When Brown-headed Cowbirds lay eggs in nests of this species, the cowbird eggs are usually punctured and ejected by the adult Catbirds. Nest: Placed in dense shrubs, thickets, briar tangles, or low trees, usually 3-10′ above the ground. Nest (built mostly by female) is a large bulky cup of twigs, weeds, grass, leaves, and sometimes pieces of trash, lined with rootlets and other fine materials.”
I found it quite interesting that the Catbirds will eject eggs Cowbirds lay in their nest.
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