It has been about four years since I had seen a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. That was on a trip to the Big Bend National Park. On our local Tom Green County Bird Checklist, it is listed as “rare, very hard to find, not present every year”. So it was a thrill when Ann and I saw a pair of them Wednesday morning. We were at Spring Creek Park, prowling along the perimeter, driving slowly by the thick brush and vegetation. It was very quiet when some movement in the thicket caught our attention. I stopped the car about 20 feet away. We saw a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, then a Bewick’s Wren.
We were thinking that was the complete show, when we saw a blueish flash fluttering in the bushes. They were the Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. They left the brush and flew into a nearby pecan tree, but quickly returned to the thick brush. We could see them but not very distinctly. Then we got lucky. One of them hopped out onto the wire fence that ran along the brush line. I was able to get the following images before we lost them again.
I hope you enjoyed these photos as much as I did obtaining them. Click on any of them to see enlargements.
I am way behind in reading blogs but taking a moment to appreciate this bird and the clear image you have without branches obscuring the view.
So glad you got the chance to photograph those rare birds again, Bob! Great pics!
Thanks a bunch, Amy. 🙂
Great images. I once saw a couple Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers about ten inches away and couldn’t believe how BIG they looked. Have never been on top of one again. Usually hear them before catching a glimpse.
I guess they would look big from 10 inches. They are very secretive and I was lucky that one hopped into the open for about 15 seconds.
Congratulations , Bob!
Thanks, Jim. I appreciate it.
Great pics of a hard-to-find little bird! It looks a lovely little character.
Thanks very much, Jo. They are little cuties. 🙂
Pretty bird, thank you for sharing. Another bird that I will keep an eye out for!
Thank you very much,Christie. 🙂
Very nice captures Bob! 🙂
Pretty bird…thanks for the glimpse! hugs
Thanks, Beth. I appreciate it.
Great shots of a beautiful bird, Bob. I like the flying insect near the bird’s beak in the first photo. I guess it wasn’t a gnat, since gnatcatcher apparently didn’t catch it. 🙂
Thanks, Dwynn. Thanks for the fun comment. 🙂
They seem like such happy birds. Full of energy.
The sure have energy. I thought I would never get one in the viewfinder. They were so active. I guess this one just took a break to rest.
We used to have Blue-Gray Gnat-catchers in our back yard frequently…hadn”t seen one in several years until a few days ago….then one appeared in the back yard again…yea! Glad you are feeling better.
Thanks, Sharon, for your comment. They sure are cuties.
We’re blessed by the fact that they are fairly common in Ohio. Great shots!
Thanks very much. I appreciate your comment.