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My Life’s Birds: #76

April 2, 2008

August 3, 1993 – Christian Co, Mo – As my avian awareness increased I was suddenly keen to the interesting little birds that were always around, but not necessarily feeder regulars at out home in Linden.

One such bird is the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, a regular addition to the mixed flocks of Chickadees, Titmice and Wrens you might run into on any given bird walk. The Gnatcatcher, the smallest of North American perching birds, has an attitude that belies its small stature. Even now, a round of pishing into a mixed flock brings the Gnatcatchers closer than just about any bird. Perhaps they know that their tiny size might make then an unattractive target compared to their plump titmouse colleagues.

I don’t remember specifically my very first Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, it was likely the first of a flood of birds once I became aware of them. But I suspect it was in the walnut trees north of our house, calling that raspy mew, and opening my eyes to the world of tiny birds that would soon provide me with so much pleasure.

picture  from wikipedia


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