Just about any time of day when I’m doing a walk-about in the scrub birding these little buddies of mine are almost always nearby. Kinda hard to see, these birds make me aware of their presence by their constant querulous pweee. These birds are friends to all of us and I’ll try to explain why.
Some of us here in Baja Sur remember hurricane John. I think it was September 1, 2006. The forces of the wind did a lot of damage not only to structures but the animal life as well. John killed many birds and we didn’t see so many Blue-gray Gnatcatchers around for a few years. What we did see was tons of insects. Biting us, eating our gardens, spreading Dengue Fever and all that. Populations of these and other birds have strengthened now and the masses of bugs are mostly gone. Birds like the Blue-gray spend much of the day hopping from bush-to-tree eating gnats and other insects. Good for them and us!
The photo here shows a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher with it’s classic dark forehead or crown rim. These birds are in constant motion, flicking their white-edged tails to scare up insects to feed on.
Gnatcatchers are found only in the new world. I guess to some they don’t have all the glamour of raptors or sea-birds so just take a closer look. My little buddies are a special breed of bird.