Sunday, May 31, 2009
A New Bird to Me
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I was sitting writing at my computer and heard an atypical bird call. I jumped up to see if I could see it and it was perched right at the top of my holly bush. I grabbed my camera and tried to take a photo but it was not easy.
I identified the bird as a Gray Catbird, Dumetella carolinensis. I have never seen one before. The call was the 'mew call'. (You can hear the calls of this bird here.)
(I'm having a problem with my camera that I need to figure out. The image looks clear to my eye, with my contact lenses on but when the photo is taken the image is blurry. I have no clue what that is about. This only happens when using manual focus which I need for my 300mm zoom lens.)
Photos taken by ChristineMM on 5/16/09 in Fairfield County, Connecticut.