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Gray Catbird Stragglers Passing Through

10-30-14 gray catbird 109Gray catbirds begin their nocturnal migration to wintering grounds in late August and early September. The last of the stragglers are now passing through northern New England. Catbirds winter from the southern New England coast south to Panama, with concentrations on the U.S. Gulf coast and the Yucatan Peninsula. Those individuals that winter in the Yucatan Peninsula and Central America cross the Gulf of Mexico, and in order to do so they put on so much fat (during fall migration their mass may increase to 150% of lean body mass) that it approaches the upper limit of what flight allows.

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5 responses

  1. Beautiful bird.

    November 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm

  2. I love their songs, but I hate being scolded by a catbird! “Eeeeyah!” Once discovered, they don’t let up until you leave!

    November 5, 2014 at 12:06 am

  3. Melissa F. Zeiger

    ?It’s all about FAT!!!!

    Good thing I have that Halloween candy.




    November 5, 2014 at 1:10 am

  4. Nancy Carey

    Dear Mary~~~~not a comment about loons, but about little red squirrels. What has become of them? Chipmunks were on hand all summer (I supply corn cobs!)—but no little red squirrels, usually on hand by the dozen. I miss them!

    November 15, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    • Hi Nancy,
      I’m not aware of any population crash of red squirrels, at least here in Vermont. Quite the opposite. Maybe check with someone Maine Fish & Game? Meanwhile, I’ll see if I can find out anything. Mary

      November 15, 2014 at 6:08 pm

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