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July 15, 2008


Children's Gardener

Has he been back?


Yup. This has been going on for a few days straight. Very strange.


The bird in the photo looks a bit "fluffy". Perhaps it is a fledgling. They do not always exhibit what we have come to think of as "normal" behavior for birds. You could try calling either Brookside or Meadowside Nature Centers, or the Audobon Society (also local).

Dalcio Dacol

This Gray Catbird is taking a sun light bath. Birds will do that and the reason is not really known although there are speculations: it helps them synthesize vitamin D and get rid of skin parasites, and it probably feels good too.

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It could be a fledgling waiting for Mom or Dad to come back and drop food in it's bill. At this time of the year, it's not rare to see fledgling Robins and Grackles standing awkwardly in the yard with their mouths open, waiting for food.

It also could be a parent who has a nest nearby and is acting injured to lure a predator away from the nest. I haven't heard of Catbirds exhibiting that behavior, but I know some plovers do it quite often.


This bird is drunk from eating over-ripe berries. I've seen cedar waxwings act this way.


Interesting, Pam. Not something I would have thought of. Could be!

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Betty 819

Looks like you and I have same patio furniture.( Mine is by Martha Stewart, purchased from K-Mart)In between rain showers, I put the winter covers on it yesterday. Will probably have to bring the glass coffee table inside, like last year.

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Strange but still natural.

Cathy  Edwards

My best guess is that she has a nest nearby and is doing the "come and get me, I'm wounded" routine to ensure the attention of predators is drawn to her rather than her young.

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