4 1/2"



FIELD IDENTIFICATION:   The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher is a tiny, slim bird that hops and flits about while foraging actively in a variety of woody habitats.  The male in summer is blue-gray above with whiter underparts.  They also have a thin white eye-ring and a thin black border on the forehead, going over the eye.  Females and immature birds are grayer, and lack the black stripe.  The eye ring is present in both male and females.  The white-edged black tail is long and thin.  The gnatcatcher's song is a thin varied, buzzy, and warbly song, that seems to ramble.  The call consists of thin buzzing notes (see above). 

by Claire Curry

Sketched in colored pencil by Claire Curry