June 05, 2006

Friendly chat

133 yellow-breasted chat

At first glance I see, high in a cottonwood in a shrubby field at Grindstone, a common yellowthroat. At second glance, not. The bird is too musical, too large, and lacks certain features on the head. On the third look—including a check of my field guide—it becomes a yellow-breasted chat. I didn't realize the chat is also something of a mimic like the mockingbird. One of its calls sounds like a blue jay.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been fascinated by the chat for a couple of years now. You are so right about it being a mimic. I heard it attempting to imitate a bobwhite last evening and it was so funny and the chats attempts at flight are also quite humorous.


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