Heard at dawn, near open road
This bird was first reported over the weekend. I tried a couple of times to see it, but without success until today.
San Diego County, California, US
The backyard catbird that was hanging around while I was gardening out back. Not quite as good detail as the other shot, but at least it's against a clear (if not terribly aesthetic) background.
Shot through the backdoor (with sun film on it).
The Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis), also spelled Grey Catbird, is a medium-sized northern American perching bird of the mimid family. It is the only member of the "catbird" genus Dumetella. Like the Black Catbird (Melanoptila glabrirostris), it is among the basal lineages of the Mimidae, probably a closer relative of the Caribbean thrasher and trembler assemblage than of the mockingbirds and Toxostoma thrashers. In some areas it is known as the Slate-colored Mockingbird.