Gray Catbird Mewing and Calling Chet-chet-chet-chet

Last Friday and again this morning, I’ve finally seen the Gray Catbird that’s been mewing in the old field for about three weeks now. This morning it perched out on the edge of bushes and on a red-stemmed pokeweed plant full of green berries. Dark gray with a jaunty black cap – I could even see the rusty-orange under the base of the tail.

Its mewing is sharp, plaintive and kind of raspy, and this morning it also gave a harsh chet-chet-chet-chet call several times from deep in the thickets, where it mostly stays hidden.

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