The Gray Catbird is a handsome fellow. Easy to mistake for a blackbird at first glance. It is supposed to have a roufus (red-brown) area under the tail but I have not seen that.
The Gray Catbird, slate gray with a black crown.
The Catbird is so named for the mewing call which sounds rather like a cat meowing. Related to the Mockingbird and the Brown Thrush it also can imitate the cries of other birds, and is a fearless defender of its nest. It is a little shy and is more often heard than seen. I have seen very few but since setting out the suet feeder the Catbird has been a regular, although still a bit shy.
Retired American Airlines programmer, married to Susan, between us are 8 children and 14 grand children. Attended Wagoner High School, BS from Oklahoma State, MS from University of Tulsa, cradle Episcopalian, my hobbies are photography and tending roses.