No real excuse for posting this, as I don't suppose it's of much general interest and has nothing to do with being old -- except that it did involve something I hadn't done before, which is always noteworthy after more than 89 years. Yesterday I photographed a catbird.
Catbirds are not rare, but you don't see them often. They skulk. There's another first -- never typed that word before, probably never even said it aloud. No other word for it, though -- catbirds skulk.
But wait -- there's more!
Just now as I sat typing this, darned if the bird didn't appear again, and it's not even scared off by my reaching for the camera. I didn't take the time to get the light right, but perhaps you can see it has its beak half open in begging feed-me! mode. Clearly a baby that hasn't yet learned it's supposed to skulk.
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And just as I finished posting this, I find I must amend it to inform you it's back once more, and this time it's after the cake of suet, the one that's usually frequented by woodpeckers. Definitely a mixed-up catbird.
That sparrow over on the niger feeder seems bemused also.