Summer Photo Fun: Gray Catbird Beauty

IMG_5498Those of you who know me know that I love to try to capture great photos of birds. You also know that I usually try to work some of my bird photos into Summer Photo Fun at some point. Today is that point this summer.

The past couple of months I’ve really been enjoying a pair of Gray Catbirds that are frequenting my backyard feeder and birdbath. Even though they are not super colorful, their sleek gray forms accented by their black caps make them really quite beautiful. I’ve had them visit my yard in past summers, but this year they must be living close by. They are daily visitors.

So, friends, allow me to share some of the daily Gray Catbird beauty I’ve been treated to the past couple of months. Hope you enjoy the following shots. And be on the lookout—you may have some of these little guys in your own backyard!

IMG_5581Good morning, Beautiful!

IMG_4990That’s right, show us your beautiful back, too!

IMG_5449Now you may have gone a little too far! :)

IMG_5408“Somebody said there would be water here!”

IMG_5385Ahh, here’s the water. “Maybe if I don’t move, she won’t see me. . .”

Hope you enjoyed my beautiful Gray Catbirds!

“‘Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?’” Matthew 6:26

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  1. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of these birds, but they are beautiful. I especially love the last photo! She looks like a porcelain figurine. Unfortunately, I have small pooches who chase away all the birds in my back yard, but I do hear them chirping amongst themselves early in the morning…

  2. “Good morning beautiful” – how true and what a magnificent bird. Well done, Cheryl. It is so difficult to capture our feathered friends and these shots are wonderful.

  3. Beautiful. Do you do the photography?

    • Thanks so much, Pat, and yes these are my photos. Thanks so much for asking — I forgot to put my attribution on the post until you asked about it! Just now fixed that. I always put the photo attribution at the end of my posts, but evidently sometimes I forget! :)

  4. what a beautiful bird!!! Have never seen that species (?) variety (?) before!! I like watching the squirrels in our back yard–as do my cats :)

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