Gray Catbird: Hatchlings to Fledglings

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Once the Catbird eggs hatch, the birds are called “hatchlings”. At this point, they are partially naked, eyes closed, have very little down, and are completely helpless. For this reason, both Catbird parents take shifts with the hatchlings, protecting them from the brutal summer heat by covering them and keeping them cool. As the Catbird […]

Gray Catbirds Nest: Eggs Hatch

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Two beautiful Gray Catbird nestlings have been born! I do not think that the other two eggs will ever hatch because enough time has passed for the nestlings to grow six times the size of the remaining two eggs. The nestling period lasts 10-11 days. – Craig Curtis

Gray Catbird Nest: Incubation

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After laying 1-6 (usually 4) eggs, the female Gray Catbird broods her young for the first few days. This indicates that the male might give the female a break from incubation as he broods the eggs for the remaining time. The incubation period lasts 12-15 days. I have been watching the male and female and […]

Gray Catbird and Nest Survives Severe Weather

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The night of May 26, 2011 was a challenging night of bird survival for our backyard birds, with a Gray Catbird and its nest surviving a particularly brutal storm of fierce winds, hail and rain. Tornadoes, hailstorms, and fierce winds whipped through much of South Central Pennsylvania. (My family and I were very fortunate not […]

Mourning Doves are Nesting

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I noticed a male Mourning Dove gathering nesting material, and put a short segment of the effort on my Digital camera. The male Mourning Dove gathers nesting materials while the female Mourning Dove builds the nest. The nest is a loose pile of twigs lined with pine needles and grasses, which Mourning Doves prefer to […]

Why the Brown Thrasher Passed By

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I spotted a Brown Thrasher under my Japanese Maple tree in my backyard. He stayed long enough to take a picture. Why did he leave so soon? I have a lightly wooded yard. However, I lack something essential to a Brown Thrasher’s habitat. Yards with abundant thickets attract and meet the needs of the Brown […]

More Spring Migratory Birds Arrive: Midwest

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Birders and enthusiasts of the Midwest are watching for the return of more of their favorite spring migratory birds. When should expect them and when you are likely to spot the? May 1 – May 15 Blue Grosbeak May 1 – May 30 Yellow-billed Cuckoo Olive-side Flycatcher Eastern Wood-Pewee Warbling Vireo Indigo Bunting American Redstart […]

More Spring Migratory Birds Arrive: Great Plains

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Birders and enthusiasts of the Great Plains are watching for more of their favorite spring migratory birds. Who should you expect and when might you spot them? May 1 – May 15 Violet-green Swallow May 1 – May 30 Yellow-billed Cuckoo Eastern Wood-Pewee Indigo Bunting Black-headed Grosbeak Canada Warbler American Redstart Wilson’s Warbler Willow Flycatcher […]

More Spring Migratory Birds Arrive: Rocky Mountains

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Birders and enthusiasts are on the watch for more of their favorite spring migratory birds. Who should you look for and when should they arrive? May 1 – May 15 Blue Grosbeak May 1 – May 30 Violet-green Swallow Olive-sided Flycatcher Least Flycatcher Warbling Vireo Red-eyed Vireo Baltimore Oriole Lazuli Bunting Rose-breasted Grosbeak Black-headed Grosbeak […]