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blue-gray gnatcatcher

  1. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    This nervous, flitty species has been increasing and expanding its range in California in the last decades. Nevertheless, I rarely encounter these birds in the winter. I saw this one here last week and returned today hoping for better photos. This individual was singing so it is presumably a...
  2. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Seems a bit late moving on. Adult males are blue-gray on the upperparts with white underparts, slender dark bill, and a long black tail edged in white. Females are less blue, while juveniles are greenish-gray. Both sexes have a white eye ring.
  3. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.jpg

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.jpg

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea caerulea).
  4. Horizontal

    Horizontal

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher This was a surprise as these little critters are constantly in motion.
  5. Looking a bit disheveled

    Looking a bit disheveled

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher It's too early for juvie though isn't it? Although it kind of looks like one
  6. Still More Blue-gray Gnatcatchers

    Still More Blue-gray Gnatcatchers

    He gave me a lot of looks that day! At Huntington Beach State Park, SC
  7. Blue-gray gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray gnatcatcher

    These tiny, cute little birds are perpetual motion machines, scurrying around the trees nabbing insects and seemingly never standing still for even a moment.
  8. Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher.jpg

    Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher.jpg

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea caerulea) Non-breeding plumage.
  9. Blue-gray gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray gnatcatcher

    Same blue-gray gnatcatcher from the other day, this one with a tasty insect. Yum.
  10. Blue-gray gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray gnatcatcher

    This week I had a chance to go on a bird safari around central Texas and the Texas Gulf Coast. Got some good pictures of some magnificent raptors, but in many ways, this little guy stole the show. Except for the Whooping Cranes. That's what's known as a "teaser" for those of you following along.
  11. Inbetween Stage

    Inbetween Stage

    Not as young as some images I have of a real juvie so I guess I'll go with immature Blue-gray Gnatcatcher ;) Also in between the branches ;)
  12. Looking a bit worn out

    Looking a bit worn out

    I believe this is a female and she sure looks worn.
  13. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

  14. My second surprise

    My second surprise

    This is the other Gnatcatcher I saw a couple of days and the more I look at it, I'm thinking this is an adult and the one I posted yesterday was an immature. Either way, they were both a surprise and a happy one at that ;)
  15. Quite surprised

    Quite surprised

    I don't normally see these wee guys until the Spring time but 2 have been here for 2 days. I wonder if they are doing a late migration. I've been hearing them around my office as well which is 15 miles away from my home.
  16. Gnatcatcher

    Gnatcatcher

  17. Flight of the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Flight of the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

  18. Another Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Another Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    These Gnatcatchers and Kinglets seemed briefly to be everywhere and didn't seem to notice or care about my proximity, though they almost never stood still. Couldn't resist posting another close up of one that did stop for one moment.
  19. Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

    Not the same gnatcatcher as the one that terminated the gnat in the other photo
  20. Gnat about to meet his maker

    Gnat about to meet his maker

    A branch obscures part of the the Blue-gray gnatcatcher, but I thought it was interesting to see this gnat in the jaws of death and and about to get chomped!
  21. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

  22. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

  23. Gnatcatcher

    Gnatcatcher

    I love seeing these little ones. Usually I hear them for about a week before I get to see them.
  24. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

  25. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

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