Gray Catbird

Dumetella carolinensis
Mimidae

Distinctive black cap and rusty beneath tail
Call sounds like a cat's meow
Forages for ground-dwelling insects
Also catches flying insects like this dragonfly
Courtship in progress
Female builds the nest
Nest in tangle of round-leaf greenbrier
Pieces of plastic woven into nest
Clutch ranges from 2 to 6 eggs
Nest of hatchlings in Japanese yew
Both parents bring insects or other arthropods to nestlings
Resting up to fledge
Fledgling with faint outline of cap
Like parents, fledgling well hidden in foliage
Adult feeding on white mulberry fruits in June
American pokeweed fruits in October
Asian bittersweet is eaten in November
Consuming American holly fruit in December

Species account to come.