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MN. 6-16-19   It seems like I get to see these guys about once a year, and it somewhat startles me at first.  I figured I'd ask what planet he came from but I figure he'd just say their kind just taps into a worm hole, or something - but I don't know that much about space travel, so I just drop it. Looks kind of new somehow. 

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I've been seeing Grey Catbirds around my property for years, but never got the chance to take decent pictures of them.

This year I set myself the challenge to do just that. I know there is a tree in my back yard that they like to nest in and I also noticed that they like to feed on those red berries, not sure what they're called.

So I set up a little twig from that bush fairly close to the tree in my back yard and waited with my camera.

While being out observing and waiting for the birds, I also noticed more catbirds in the bushes right behind my "trap". There must be a lot more catbirds around than I first anticipated.

Well, after a couple evenings, I finally got the shot:

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Please feel free to comment!

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Why so serious?!?

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Immature Cooper's Hawk - DuPage Co., IL

Quick story on the title as he/she WAS quite serious. I was wrapping up a walk through a local forest preserve walking down a path lined by mostly maples; it's almost like a tunnel (trees 20 feet apart and leaves full, so 12 - 20 feet above). Being a typical bird-watcher, I was looking up. I glanced in front of me and freaked when I see this bird swooping up the path straight in front of me and directly at eye-level. It veered off and up less than 10 feet away! As I checked that my feet were still in my shoes, I noticed this young one in a tree, so I got this shot. As I was trying to get other angles, I was swooped at two more times. I'm assuming my encounter was the parent(s) of this one and left them in peace (and me with clean shorts!)  

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12 hours ago, mpfuchs said:

Well, after a couple evenings, I finally got the shot:

Please feel free to comment!

A berry in the beak is worth two in the bush!! Nicely done mpfuchs!

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9 hours ago, G_kayaker said:

A berry in the beak is worth two in the bush!!

That's absolutely correct! Thanks!

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1 hour ago, Jodi Nielson said:

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That is actually an Eastern Towhee.  Spotted Towhees have more white spots on their wings and back.

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MN.  Many of the Mallard chicks in our area  about the size of their moms, then these guys show up,. Just such beautiful little beginners, a bit later in the season for some reason, but keeping real close to mom this young.

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Ornate Hawk-Eagle from Costa Rica, where I'm spending the summer. Needless to say it's been pretty great.

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