900th Post – Blue Gray Gnatcatcher


This is my 900th post that I have written since I got started on this blog about seven 7 years ago.  It was at the urging of my wife Ann, and my dear friend and fellow photographer, Deb Tappan, in Tennessee that I decided I would give it a try.  Now I have a great following with readers in 161 countries at last count.  It has been great fun, but I am still at a loss about how I ever was able to think of 900 subjects and titles to write about.  But, hopefully I can continue and be able to reach 1000.

It seems be fitting that I feature one photo of a bird that has challenged me all of those years to get a great image.  The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher is a very tiny bird. It is fast, quick, never sits still.  Always on the move.  By the time I have the camera focused in the spot where he is or was, he is off to another spot.  And so it went, time after time.  But a couple of days ago, at Spring Creek Park, he may have gotten a little tired and because he stopped for a few more seconds.  I finally got this result.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

But he was not alone.  During the past few days we have been able to see several species, and I was able to get a few more nice photos, such as this Lark Bunting.

Lark Bunting

Lark Bunting

We spotted this Osprey later, as we entered the Middle Concho Park.

Osprey

Osprey

Followed quickly by this Golden-fronted Woodpecker.

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

After that, the birds got a little scarce, possibly because the wind had come up.  But on the way out of the park, the Osprey apparently had done a little fishing and he was perched on a tree limb enjoying his lunch.

Osprey

Osprey

So there you have it……number 900.  Now, on towards number 1,000.  Perhaps I will make it by another year. 🙂

Click on any photo to see an enlargement.

 

Happy Birding!!

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30 thoughts on “900th Post – Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

  1. That is the most beautiful hue on that Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Bob! I no longer have my car so am waiting for warmer days to do some birding-then I will be out a lot more hours in the day and I am looking forward to it.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing 900 times! It is a constant encouragement to me as a very part-time birder. I also brag about the birding in San Angelo, mostly based on your finds!

  3. I’ve been busy checking my ID books and ebooks to find out why I was wrong and in Audubon’s Texas Nature there is a photo of an adult, non-breeding male Lark Bunting showing the field marks to confirm your ID.
    Your sparrows and buntings can surely be confusing and difficult to separate.

    • Hi Dave. Yes, our sparrows are very confusing and difficult. I still have trouble IDing many of them. I think we have about 35 different species of them. Gad!

    • Thanks, Tammy. My gosh, I never thought of that. You are probably pretty close. I usually post a minimum of four, rarely less, sometimes as many as ten. All of a sudden I feel tired. 🙂

  4. Great work, Bob.I can’t imagine coming up with 900 posts. Congratulations!
    Your picture of the Blue Gray Natcatcher is absolutely stunning. I will be glad to come up on the Osprey now that I have my new lens.

  5. Bob, I use your blog as a field guide when I am out and about. Thank you for taking the time to take us along on your field trips. Happy birding!

  6. Wow! That is a bunch of photos and a gaggle of words!! I have no doubt you will reach the 1000 mark and I will be lovin every word and photo! The Blue-gray Gnatchatcher is lovely. Glad you are quick on the clicker and it was just a little slow! hugs

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