Gray Catbirds, like this handsome guy perched above, were everywhere. They are unique songbirds in that their song actually sounds more like a mewing cat – really helps in identifying them! I love this very apt description of them from All About Birds : “Catbirds are secretive but energetic, hopping and fluttering from branch to branch . . .”We spent a lot of time watching this young Red-shouldered Hawk trying to hunt for breakfast. He flew from branch to branch in a rather thick wooded area, but hadn’t quite caught on yet to the ‘descending swiftly and gliding’ (All About Birds) part of the routine! He swooped a lot from branch to branch, but kept missing.
As some of you know, I have a fondness for the unique signs that appear out in the wetlands and marshes where I go birding.Here’s another sign you don’t see every day . . . It is conveniently posted where several large trees overhang a parking lot near a popular Trail. Fair warning!