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.
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.
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.
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.
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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