In the Catbird Seat

Anybody every wonder where that phrase came from (or do you even recognize it)?  The Gray Catbird is known to seek out the highest perches and sing from there.  The phrase “In the Catbird Seat” refers to having that highest position and therefore, being in a preferred situation (aka “Sitting Pretty”).

When I first spotted this bird I thought it was a Mockingbird.  The two species are closely related and share similar traits including the ability to mimic other animal sounds.  In the case of the Catbird, they have a call that sounds much like a cat’s Meow.

The easiest way to distinguish the Catbird from a Mockingbird is the orange/brown patch under the tail.

Gray Catbird
(Dumetella carolinensis )
Alpharetta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
340mm @ f/6.3 – 1/50 sec – ISO 400

Author: stgrundy

Photography is my way to capture and share the amazing beauty of God’s handiwork in the people and places that I experience every day. I focus mainly on nature and travel subjects but also do alot of event work for my church and the occasional wedding or portrait session. My residence is Roswell, Georgia – a northern suburb of Atlanta. I try to get around the Southeast as often as possible and would love to explore other parts of the USA and the rest of the world. Member of: Roswell Photographic Society Contributing artist: Getty Images

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