On Fri, 17 May 2019 20:59:48 -0400, "Wayne Hoffman" <whoffman...> wrote: > Hi - > i wonder if anyone has seen or heard a Catbird around there?
I have a new theory on the CA Thrasher "catbird impersonation" -- the "mew" call note of the Green-tailed Towhee. I just heard a few of those near Sisters and it wasn't too far off what I heard from the Thrasher. Since they breed in the locale, it would seem to be a more logical choice.
> Wayne > > On 5/17/2019 8:41:36 PM, Tom Crabtree wrote: > > After a day of meetings in Salem, I zipped down to Talent to see if the > California Thrasher was still around. I drove up and down Holton for 15 > minutes in a steady rain and did not see it. When it finally subsided I > got out of the car and within a minute the bird hopped on top of a tree > next to 855 and started singing. It kept this up for about 20 minutes. > During that time it imitated American Robin, Flicker, Steller’s Jay, > Catbird, Ash-throated Flycatcher/Cassin’s Kingbird, California Quail > among others. It has an amazing repertoire. It spent most of its time in > a spruce tree, but afterwards went on the ground and cavorted with a > California Towhee and then with a couple of California Scrub Jays (boy > those Californians like to stick together!). It ended up singing from > atop a deciduous tree at 958 Holton. They had a couple of noisy dogs so I > figured that was a good time to leave. One neighbor stopped while driving > up the hill when I was photographing the bird and asked, “is that the > California Thrasher?” so the word is getting out. > > Tom Crabtree, Bend POST: Send your post to <obol...> JOIN OR QUIT: http://www.freelists.org/list/obol OBOL archives: www.freelists.org/archive/obol Contact moderator: <obol-moderators...>