Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Take Time To Smell The Flowers

The Gray Catbirds have returned...
I heard them first, I knew they were here, sitting in the tree,
one glance, and yes, there they were.
It's been a long Winter and I have missed them.
Their beautiful song, their meow call and their calm nature.
My bird book says they are here year round, but I never see them during the Winter.

They sport a gray body with a little black cap.
They have a small reddish brown patch under the base of their tail,
you can see it here.
They are know to mimic the songs of other birds but when I hear them,
I almost always just hear their meow call.

Welcome back...welcome home!!


  1. Such a wonderful bird. it is the same family as Mockingbirds and is a very proficient mimic. It should be returning here any day now and we are finally getting weather that looks like spring. A catbird chortling in the undergrowth will enliven our walks.

  2. A beauty for sure. How lovely it looks with the red leaves.

  3. Pretty sure we don't have those birds here in TN....so pretty. Looks great within the red leaves of the tree.

  4. aw FANTASTIC shots. Sweet, sweet birdies.

    (with my allergies, I don't go out of the way to smell, but I definitely enjoy them)

  5. Tolle Bilder von dem kleinen Vogel.


  6. Nice you have studied up on them and great close ups.

  7. Such sweet and precious pictures, dear Debbie. You are the queen of taking amazing bird photos.

    Happy May! Hugs!

  8. These are gorgeous! Love the feather details!

  9. What pretty little birds! So smart in their grey attire!

  10. They are not only back but also very willing to pose, by the looks of these amazing pictures.

  11. Wow! You can see each and every feather! They are such a beautiful shade of gray! Enjoy your day!

  12. Oh my goodness, the catbird is a real beauty and your photos are sharp and clear and absolutely gorgeous!

  13. How fascinating a bird with a meow call. I would love to hear it's song. The Gray Catbird is so pretty. Your photos of him/her sitting amongst the orange foliage are fabulous, Debbie.

  14. AMAZING shots dear Debbie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i wonder how you capture them so perfectly
    glad they are back to sing around you

  15. Hello Debbie!
    A beautiful bird. It looks great in red bushes.
    Debbie, your photos are Photo Championships!
    Have a nice weekend.
    Greetings from Poland.

  16. Such a lovely looking bird, especially against the red leaves.

    Happy May Wishes

    All the best Jan

  17. You should submit some of your photos to Birds and Blooms.
    These are fabulous!

  18. I've never seen these little cuties. I wonder where yours hide over the winter. I love the contrast of the gray and the red in your photos!

  19. Very cool and you captured him beautifully, their gray against the red leaves is so pretty. I don't think I have ever seen them here.

  20. This is such a beautiful bird. Your photos are brilliant. You got such great close ups. The little bit of color underneath is a beautiful touch. I just keep thinking about how you capture so well God's beautiful creatures and creations.
    Sending loving thoughts and hugs!