I debated putting this here or just in local reports. No offense to our local catbirds, but they're almost hitting the 'ho hum' column. But still, they are classified as 'rare' so Ill stick to it and really, they are a great bird to see here. I think there are now five locations they have been reported from this year:
Cheam Lake (breeding pair with young)
Eagle Point (Harrison Mills)
Anyway, I digress. As I was leaving Island 22 I spotted a grey bird sitting on a fence post sort of in the open. Ill admit the thought of a Northern Mockingbird (very rare but possible here) crossed my mind. However, it was 'just' another Grey Catbird flicking its tail wildly before flying down to grab at something on the ground and heading towards the safety of the nearby blackberry bushes. Digressing again, I wonder if they might be a tad more common than we think. Considering their more secretive (usually) habits it is conceivable that ones hiding in their favourite thick shrubbery are going unnoticed unless the observer is around in spring when they are singing.
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)