Black-tailed Gnatcatcher for Baja birders.

It’s a pretty neat thing to happen.  Didn’t have any adventures planned for today so I decided to go for a walk in the neighborhood.  I go over to an area just to the north, an open space left between homesites for nature and I stand still, watch and listen.  I see a Black-throated Sparrow  hopping around in the bushes.  A very handsome bird.

 

Black-throated Sparrow

Black-throated Sparrow

While not really a rare bird, it’s one that is not abundant as well.  Habitat destruction is greatly affecting this bird’s populations.    Then I see another neat, little bird.  I recognize by the way it’s bobbing it’s tail up and down that this is a Gray Flycatcher.   The lighting isn’t real good because the weather is cloudy but the bird stops and poses for a moment.  Makes for a “grainy” photograph.

Gray Flycatcher

Gray Flycatcher

There are quit a few birds feeding in the mid-morning calm.  I see a little colony of little Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers pecking at insects in the bushes.

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

As I watch these birds I see something out-of-place.  One of the Gnatcatchers is different looking than the others.  This bird has a distinct black cap and that catches my attention.  Gnatcatchers in our range (Baja Sur) would be Blue-Grays or possibly California Gnatcatchers, which this bird is not.  Either of the other 2 Gnatcatcher species, the Black-capped and the Black-tailed Gnatcatcher would be very rare here.  I believe this is a Black-tailed Gnatcatcher.  As far as I can tell, this bird has never been reported in Baja Sur.

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

I reported the bird to ebird.  These are the people that track rare bird sightings like this.  Life is good when I can just take a walk around the block and discover a rare bird.  Maybe I’ll go again right now.

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