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polioptila caerulea

  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. Horizontal

    Horizontal

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher This was a surprise as these little critters are constantly in motion.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
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    Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher.jpg

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

    In hotel Grounds
  9. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher In spite of their name, gnats do not form a significant part of the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher's diet.
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    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.JPG

    Caught in flight
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    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.JPG

    Late afternoon in clearing coastal edge
  12. Blue-gray gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray gnatcatcher

    Same blue-gray gnatcatcher from the other day, this one with a tasty insect. Yum.
  13. 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.
  14. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    At Huntington Beach State Park, SC
  15. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea caerulea) in a yaupon.
  16. 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 ;)
  17. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  18. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  19. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Where you usually see these guys, hiding behind some foliage! At Murrells Inlet, SC
  20. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    I was just checking out our community park thinking I'd might see the RS hawks. I spotted this guy hiding in some bushes and got a few mediocre images. Then he popped out onto the pavement and gave me some clearer shots. Never saw one on the ground before. At The Bays of Prince Creek...
  21. Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

    Was over me taking pics
  22. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    I can't believe he actually stayed still long enough for a pic
  23. Blue-grey Gnatcatcher

    Blue-grey Gnatcatcher

  24. Female Blue-gray Gnatcatcher ID? clue 2

    Female Blue-gray Gnatcatcher ID? clue 2

    I think this may be the same bird in other clue 1 Blue-gray gnatcatcher photo I posted. My memory is not certain whether this the same bird that was foraging on the tree bark that moved or whether it was another bird in the immediate proximity, but the photos were taken only about 30 seconds...
  25. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea subsp. caerulea) eating a moth. Camelot Park, Bryan, Brazos County, Texas, USA. Open park setting with scattered oaks, pecan and juniper at ca. 94 m (310 ft) elevation. Margin of narrow gallery woodland on north side of tributary in a low area.
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