Thursday, June 12, 2014

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

In May, I found this female Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Rice County's Cannon River Wilderness Area. Luckily gnatcatchers are fairly early migrants in Minnesota, because the birds become relatively hard to see after the trees leaf out in the spring. Often the only indication of their presence are their high-pitched calls. Our gnatcatcher is found across much of North America, south through Central America. Other species are found in the American Southwest and in Latin America. Ours is the only truly migratory species. In the past 25 years, gnatcatchers have expanded northward (Kershner and Ellison 2012),


  1. This guy is one, right?

    1. yes. it looks like a gnatcatcher to me.