bluegray gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 4 inches
Very small, active bird
White eye ring
Long, black tail with white outer tail feathers-mostly white when view- ed from below
Male has black supercilium in breeding season
The blue-gray gnatcatcher is so small but long-tailed that it is only likely
to be confused with other gnatcatchers. Male black-tailed, California, and
black-capped gnatcatchers have variable amounts of black (depending
on season and age) in the crown while blue-gray gnatcatchers lack any
black in the crown. Female gnatcatchers, other than the blue-gray, have
their upperparts tinged with brown. Black-tailed and California gnat-
catchers have blacker tails when viewed from below and typically have
Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: Woodland
Nest Location: Mid-story/canopy nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 4-5
Length of Incubation: 13 days
Days to Fledge: 10-12
Number of Broods: 1, 2 in far south
Diet: Exclusively insects
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May U
Su - Summer: June, July, August C
Fall: September, October, November R
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley