Birds of Gray


I gathered more photos of these four gray birds here and there these past few months.

So here’s their best photo from the balance, sharing a gallery together.  The Northern Mockingbird got lucky with two photos.



“Gray is the queen of colors, because she makes everyone else look good.”  

—  Helen Van Wyk (1930-1994) Artist, Teacher and host of PBS’s “Welcome To My Studio” television show.



38 thoughts on “Birds of Gray

  1. Very interesting idea to create a theme around grey. we did get a Mockingbird here in Edmonton, way out of its territory. people came from all over to see it. I like the photos.

  2. That Loggerhead Shrike looks very similar to what we would call a Great Grey Shrike. I may have captured a young one on my L’A Vieille walk, but I wasn’t sure if it was that or a Lesser Grey Shrike or something else (and the photo wasn’t great either – certainly compared to yours!) So I didn’t include it in the gallery.

    • Don’t you just love the ‘great/greater’ and ‘lesser’ thrown into the species name! Means there’s just the slightest difference to figure ID. Drives me crazy sometimes, lol.

  3. Donna, really great collection of grey birds! The one that I recognized is shrike. Namely last spring I heard very beautiful song and identified it later on as Red-backed Shrike. I got one really bad quality photo 😩 hopefully some day it will return.

  4. Oh – I do hate it when WP eats anything I type… just wanted to say how much I admire the detail and clarity your images capture. That Shrike… E spotted one out in the Pacific foredunes one time, but it was really far… My shot was fuzzy, but now I know what it was SUPPOSED to look like. 😀 ❤

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