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.



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.



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!!

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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