Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Gray Catbird, Gage Gardens. Excellent summer record!
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
Singing this morning at the Gage Gardens, here in Marathon, Brewster Co.
This is an excellent summer record. We weren't immediately sure if this was or was not a first summer record.
Kelly Bryan's "Birds of the Trans-Pecos" 2002, lists this species as "Accidental" (= "generally one to three records, region-wide each decade) with the dot on the latest end of June.
I am curious about those records, when and where. The bird is likely still there. KBB and I have seen him all morning, thus far.
In fact it seems to be singing on territory. Maybe it is the same individual that would show itself from time to time in our back 40.
If it actually had a mate nearby, I might start singing.
For my experience this winter to now, it seems quite solitary.