Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Looking down at me from his treetop perch, this Blue-gray Gnatcatcher was hard to see. In constant motion and tiny besides, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers prefer the taller trees to forage for food.

Normally a neotropical resident, Wisconsin is as far north as the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher is willing to travel during the breeding season.  Fortunately, they're here now if you want to see one.

As they bounce from branch to branch looking for food, they flash their white-bordered tail in an attempt to startle insects into the open.

The male Blue-gray Gnatcatcher is only slighter bluer than the female, otherwise they look alike.  

Binoculars are a big advantage in attempting to see this itty-bitty blue bird.