1. rq says

    First picture is 100% model pose “Check out this outfit”.
    I love the extended wingtips, when they’re lowered like that. There’s a bird here does it as well, it just gives that much more attitude. A bit like hands in pockets. Not the usual tucked up nice and close to the body of ‘proper and polite’ society birds. ;)
    Beautiful shots, Kengi. I hope you are doing well!

  2. says

    Their stance is very like that of Robins. They look a bit like Robins, too. I’ve gotten one set of photos of a Catbird, and that was a juvenile. You almost never see them, you’re more likely to hear them. Fabulous shots!

  3. jazzlet says

    The wings down pose has so much attitude.

    Are they called catbirds because they sound like cats? We don’t have them over here.

  4. says

    Yes, they can sound exactly like a cat. It’s rather eerie when you can’t see them, but hear them. You find yourself looking around for a bloody cat. First time I heard one, we were out canoeing at Sweet Briar, and both of us swore we heard a cat, a *loud* cat. I finally spotted the Catbird, waaaaaay high up in a tree.

  5. Ice Swimmer says

    The catbird look as if it was made of snag or wearing gray woollen suit.

    I think that in Finnish culture, the catbird could be held as a lazy creature, standing tumput suorina (literally mittens straight, that is pointing straight down).

  6. Nightjar says

    Wow, beautiful shots and what an interesting bird, I don’t remember encountering them before. I do love the wings down pose and I just searched for their call, I’m amazed at how cat-like it is.

  7. Ice Swimmer says

    How do cats react to catbirds?

    The gray brings associations of old days, unpainted wooden buildings and woolen clothes made out of a mixture of black and white sheep’s wool (as was the custom here, everyday clothes were often not dyed). The conifer gives a nice background.

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