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kate hemenway — July 19, 09:05PM

what kind of bird might this be?

I saw a bird today, sitting on a utility pole in a small utility cut between a doughnut shop and a gas station side to side, and a major urban road and the rail trail on which I was. This bird was singing and sounded like a robin, but was colored like a catbird, and was shaped like a mockingbird. The song was not repeated as the mockingbird or catbird would do, but was trilled as a robin would do. I could not photograph, too distant for my phone camera.
What might it have been?

Ian Hearn — July 19, 10:23PM

What is your location? County, state, etc. What was the date?

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Ian Hearn — July 20, 02:16AM

Maybe you saw a robin with its back to you.

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kate hemenway — July 20, 07:53AM

Oh, sorry! I forgot that important information. This was in Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, on Friday, July 19th, 2019. The road in front was State Route 110. The rail trail is the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail. I was approximately at milepost 3.0

It was not a robin, as it was facing me, and I also saw profile, and then it flew off. The coloring was surprisingly catbird like. The song was remarkably robin.

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Ian Hearn — July 21, 08:35PM

Then it might have been a Catbird, after all. I think those are common enough in Massachusetts. It could have been mimicking a robin; this would not be unusual.

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