Gray Catbird – 5/23/23
Observer: Paul Lauenstein
Observation Date: 5/23/23
Observation Time: 8:45 p.m.
Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon WIldlife Sanctuary
Common Name: Gray Catbird
Scientific Name: Dumetella carolinensis
Comments: Catbirds are one of three mimics in our area. Mockingbirds and Brown Thrashers are the other two. Catbirds repeat sounds just once, whereas Brown Thrashers repeat sounds twice, and Mockingbirds repeat them three or four times before moving on to the next sound. Sometimes you can hear the calls of other common birds echoed in the calls of these mimics.
Catbirds also make a “mewing” sound, hence their name.
More Information: All About Birds