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catbird.jpg (58608 bytes)The Catbird is so named due to its cat-like sounds.  Besides such sounds it can make beautiful melodic whistles and songs.  This is the view most people are familiar with, a dark gray bird with a black cap.  However, this bird also has a red area under its tail.  It took me a while to take a suitable picture, but look at the second picture!

catbird2.jpg (39937 bytes)As you can see, the Catbird has a red coloring under its tail... These birds are very friendly and usually are not scared of people.  This particular one made a nest in the top of a forsythia bush I planted behind our house.  

forsythia.JPG (80020 bytes)The bush is next to the house near the old deck as you can see in the picture on the left.

eggs.JPG (80727 bytes)The pair would fly to the bush often with twigs and grass.  Well, one day I checked, and there were three lovely blue eggs.  The Catbird eggs are a darker blue than the eggs of the Bluebird.  Also, since the bird is larger, the eggs are larger than those of the Bluebird.

babies.JPG (90231 bytes)Not long after I saw the eggs, I saw these two babies.  Apparently, the third egg did not hatch.  These babies are only a day or two old, eyes still closed.  Below are a set of pictures as the babies grew progressively older. It is amazing how much growth baby birds go through in just a few days!  Note one of them is still underneath, hiding its head in some of the pictures.  These pictures are at 3, 4, 5, and 8 days of age!

babies3.JPG (70793 bytes)Three days

babies4.JPG (87633 bytes)Four days

babies5.JPG (76481 bytes)Five days

babies8.JPG (81754 bytes)Eight Days


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Please feel free to send me, Fawzi Emad, any corrections, observations, comments or questions.  Thank you!  (The tail feather on the left is from Koko, our Blue-Front Amazon Parrot.)