1. says

    We’ll have to wait for Joseph, but those look so familiar to me. I’m thinking Narcissus, maybe? Yep, that’s them! Daffodil family. Had those growing all over in SoCal.

  2. rq says

    They look far smaller than regular narcissus, and only have the 4 petals (not 6) -- maybe little bluets? I’ll google some more later, if Joseph doesn’t get here first. :)

  3. Kengi says

    I absolutely adore the catbird! I’ve been trying to attract them to the yard for years. Their song is incredible.

  4. says

    I’m jealous of anyone who can lure a catbird. We have them here, but they never show up in residential areas. Even out and about in the wild (heard one while canoeing once, and caught a glimpse), they are up serious high and under cover.

  5. Kengi says

    There are a lot of catbirds near the river around here in the thickets. They will protect their nests by flitting around the thicket and yelling when you get too close. But they stay so deep in the shadows I’ve never gotten a picture.

  6. says

    I don’t really know what those flowers are. My neighbor was the gardener, and she moved away years ago. About the only one I can identify is the purple lilacs just starting to bud. Sorry.

    As for the bird, that’s the lilac bush it’s flittering around. I suspect its nest is in the nearby pine tree, which you can spot in the background of the last photo. We also get grackles, mockingbirds, mourning doves, blue jays, cardinals, and the occasional bald eagle. I think it helps that we’re close to the Kenduskeag Stream. I’ve even spotted a great blue heron there once.

  7. Kengi says


    Yes, indeed. When I first heard one I honestly thought there was a lost cat in the thickets and went in to look for it. That really aggravated the catbird, which appeared to be defending a nest.

  8. says

    They mimic cats in the eeriest way! That’s how I knew it was a catbird that time out in the canoe. I kept looking around for a damn cat!

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