Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 5/11/16

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/11/16

Observation Time: 7:45 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Center

Common Name: Blue-gray gnatcatcher

Scientific Name: Polioptila caerulea

Comments: The blue-gray gnatcatcher is a tiny, long-tailed bird of broadleaf forests and scrublands. It makes itself known by its soft but insistent calls and its constant motion. It hops and sidles in dense outer foliage, foraging for insects and spiders. As it moves, it conspicuously flicks its white-edged tail from side to side, scaring up insects and chasing after them. Pairs use spiderweb and lichens to build small, neat nests, which sit on top of branches and look like tree knots. 

Note the tent caterpillars on the branch beside the bird.

More Information: All About Birds

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