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.
(Dumetella carolinensis )
Alpharetta, Georgia, USA
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