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05/11/2021 07:03PM  
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sedges
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05/11/2021 08:24PM  
Not a great photo to work from, but I'm going to say Northern Mockingbird. Its got a real long tail like a mockingbird. My first thought was Gray Catbird, but I think what looks like a black cap is just shadow. Also I don't think Gray catbird ever has wing bars.
 
05/11/2021 09:25PM  
I sent that photo to a buddy of mine and he said Grey Catbird.

What you can't see from that crap photo was a red patch at the base of its tail on its underside. That identifies it as a Grey Catbird.

It is a new bird to my backyard and ate the crap out of that orange half I have out for the Orioles.

Thanks for the response!
 
05/14/2021 07:46PM  
And now I know why they are called Catbirds. Their call sounds like a cat...Meow. It has been eating the crap out of the oranges and grape jelly I have out.
 
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05/15/2021 06:29AM  
airmorse: "And now I know why they are called Catbirds. Their call sounds like a cat...Meow. It has been eating the crap out of the oranges and grape jelly I have out."

They’re also the feeblest of the mimics. Listen long enough and you’ll see what I mean. My mimic hierarchy, from bottom to top:

3. Gray Catbird - annoying distraction when looking for the real thing among the warblers and such
2. Brown Thrasher - Cyndi Lauper on hallucinogens
1. Northern Mockingbird - the true artiste in the bunch and the only one that has made me burst into laughter at its virtuosity and range
 
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