A photojournal of wildlife, wild flowers and forest life in a small section of Northern Ontario, Canada.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Gray Cat Bird (immature) of The Vermilon River
I got these photos in the late summer as you can see and was completely at odds as to what it was. I sent it off to Science North, a local science centre, but never heard back from them. So much for my tax dollar. Then I posted it to N. W. Birds,which is a bird site in the the Lake Superior area that I belong to. This is a knowledgeable group of birders who identified it as a juvenile Gray Cat Bird.
The Gray Cat bird is a mimic thrush with a song that has a mewling sound to it, and may incorporate the songs of other birds. They're not especially rare but are usually found in shrubs bordering farm lands, which is just the opposite of here. So I count myself lucky to have seen him and got the photo.