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Gray w/white eye ring - LV, NV (1 Viewer)

LzyPhotographer

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This one was hanging out between a flock of Bushtits and Chickadees, at about 8000 ft. It didn't strike me as being much different in size, so my first thought was maybe a Gnatcatcher. But the beak seems kind of long for that, and it's a strange purple-ish gray color. Any ideas?

Thanks,
Maureen
 

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Jim M.

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Hi Maureen,

Definitely a Gnatcatcher. Unusually dark gray in my experience, though Eastern Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, which is what I am used to, are supposed to be somewhat lighter. I think we can just see the under tail pattern in the first photo, and it appears to be almost all white, which confirms Patrick's Blue-gray Gnatcatcher ID and distinguishes it from Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, which should also be found in your area (though I am not sure it would occur at that elevation). But Black-tailed Gnatcatcher can look pretty similar:

http://www.pbase.com/daviesphoto/image/82793317
http://www.pbase.com/tiffh/image/56821870
http://www.pbase.com/silverbowff/image/54533912

Best,
Jim
 

Birdingcraft

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As Jim mentions, it does look pretty dark. And with that brownish tinge to the upperparts, now I'm not so sure; maybe it is a Black-tailed?
 

mb1848

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The Birds of North America online says: "Races described from arid and semi-arid areas tend to be slightly less blue with more black in outer rectrices than nominate race." Maybe that is what is going on.
 

Jim M.

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I'm seeing almost a completely white undertail in photo #1, which means it should be a Blue-gray.

I agree (as I stated in my previous post). I am attaching a lightened photo that makes it easier to see.

Also, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher is supposed to be a bird of desert scrub, so I think it might be quite unusual at this elevation.

Best,
Jim
 

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