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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

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A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher begs for the food its parent is holding | 07/16/2022


A small blueish-gray bird with a white eye ring. This bird loves to hide within the trees and is more often heard than seen, in my experience.

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First observation

📆 09/04/2013
📍 Los Angeles, California

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Experiences & anecdotes

05/11/2023 - I had a really special experience with this bird a few months ago. I was at Medina River Natural Area deep in the forest when I heard the calls of the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Standing still for about five minutes, I watched as a gnatcatcher in the nearby tree jumped around and sang. In the audio clip below, if you listen closely, you can hear the flutter of the bird's wings as it navigates the branches.

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My first photo of this elusive bird. It was easy to spot this time as the tree had no leaves. | 08/15/2021

Audio recordings

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    • Listen to the complicated song of this small bird. The sound is pretty erratic. There may be a hint of calling in this clip. Notice the soft sound of wings fluttering.

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