Gray Catbird

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Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis): As of September 2021, at 13-14 reports from the region.
  • July 1997 - Stikine River Mouth
  • July 2009 - Juneau
  • October 2009 - Juneau
  • June 2010 - Sitka
  • June 2010 - Ketchikan
  • July 2010 - Ketchikan (continuing from June, or second bird?)
  • May 2015 - Gustavus
  • June 2017 - Hyder
  • July 2017 - Ketchikan area
  • June 2018 - Hyder
  • September 2018 - Sitka
  • July 2019 - Wrangell
  • September 2021 - Sitka

Southeast Alaska Quarterly Bird Report Mentions (2008-2018, Heinl and Piston)

  • Summer 2009: A skulking, unidentified bird heard singing for at least a week at Wrangell was finally identified as an adult Gray Catbird on 23 June 2009 (Gayle and Harvey Gross; Carol L. Ross, photo; Steve Zimmerman, Figure 15). This bird, detected through 2 July 2009, provided only the 4th Alaska record of this species, which breeds as close as southern British Columbia (Campbell et al. 1997). The first Alaska record was of a bird from the nearby Stikine in July 1997; in addition, one was banded at Cape Peirce in October 1997, and another was found at Anchorage in October 1999 (Gibson et al. 2003).
  • Fall 2009: A Gray Catbird found at a Juneau-area residence 13 October 2009 (PMS; m.obs.; Figure 19) provided only the 5th Alaska record of this species, which breeds as close as southern British Columbia (Campbell et al. 1997).
  • Summer 2010: The first was heard singing during a breeding bird survey near Sitka 10 June 2010 (CH, details provided; JAC); the bird’s song was recorded on 13 June 2010 (RN). Another Gray Catbird was observed briefly as it fed at grape jelly feeders that had been put out to attract orioles (!) at Ketchikan 22 June 2010 (JFK, details provided); that bird was not relocated. Finally, a Gray Catbird was found in elderberry thickets at Mountain Point, near Ketchikan, 12–16 July 2010 (AWP, SCH, RBB; Figure 13). There were only six prior Alaska records of this species, which breeds as close as southern interior British Columbia (Campbell et al. 1997).
  • Spring 2015: A Gray Catbird at Gustavus 19–20 May 2015 (NKD; BBP; Figure 10) provided the 1st local record and the earliest record for the state—the 10 or so prior Alaska records were all recorded between June and October. This species breeds as close as southern interior British Columbia (Campbell et al. 1997).
  • Summer 2017: Three Gray Catbirds were found this summer: singles at Hyder 2 June 2017 (SCS), Pennock Island, near Ketchikan, 24–25 July 2017 (RS; good details), and near Juneau 7−29 July 2017 (JFS; m.obs.; Figure 18). There were 11 prior Alaska records of this species, which breeds as close as southern interior British Columbia (Campbell et al. 1997).
  • Summer 2018: A singing Gray Catbird at Hyder 7–8 June 2018 (GHR, TGT, EWC, WK; Figure 8) provided the 1st documented local record and about the 11th report for Southeast Alaska. This species breeds as close as southern interior British Columbia (Campbell et al. 1997).
  • Fall 2018: A Gray Catbird at Sitka 7 September 2018 (KJ, photo) provided the 2 nd local record. There are now about a dozen reports for Southeast Alaska, most of which are from the summer.






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