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Old Mar 5, 2010, 7:42 PM   #1
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Sorry the photo isn't too good. Its a heavy crop and processed to get it this good but, I wanted to ask what it is. There were lots of them dashing about but, they wouldn't sit still long enough for the auto focus to settle down and lock. They are quite small, about the size of a warbler.


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Old Mar 5, 2010, 10:04 PM   #2
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Sorry the photo isn't too good. Its a heavy crop and processed to get it this good but, I wanted to ask what it is. There were lots of them dashing about but, they wouldn't sit still long enough for the auto focus to settle down and lock. They are quite small, about the size of a warbler.


Looks like a Titmouse to me GW. Be nice to see more so the crest and eye spacing could give a better ID. Here are a few from my front yard.
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Well... I couldn't see any sign of a crest at all on any of the shots I got.
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GW, I think it's a blue-grey gnatcatcher. Your behavioral characteristics are spot-on for this tiny bird. I've only seen a few of them, and had real difficulty getting anything like a good shot at one. They are small; they are fast; and they are constantly on the move. The photo I've attached is the best I've ever gotten of one, not nearly as good as your shot.

One of the big reasons I don't think it's a titmouse is the lack of the reddish coloration on the sides of the breast, under the wings. The lack of a visible crest doesn't really bother me because I've seen angles where the titmouse crest is not readily visible.

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GW, I think it's a blue-grey gnatcatcher. Your behavioral characteristics are spot-on for this tiny bird. I've only seen a few of them, and had real difficulty getting anything like a good shot at one. They are small; they are fast; and they are constantly on the move. The photo I've attached is the best I've ever gotten of one, not nearly as good as your shot.

One of the big reasons I don't think it's a titmouse is the lack of the reddish coloration on the sides of the breast, under the wings. The lack of a visible crest doesn't really bother me because I've seen angles where the titmouse crest is not readily visible.

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I think you are right Paul. Don't have photos of one but have spotted some from time to time.
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Thank you both, I'll go with the blue-grey gnatcatcher Looks like a good match. I'm learning more and more about the wide variety of birds we have here.
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GW - I agree - looks like a very nice shot of a Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher - a tough bird to photograph because they are small, always moving, and usually stay pretty high in the trees. Nice job!
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GW - I agree - looks like a very nice shot of a Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher - a tough bird to photograph because they are small, always moving, and usually stay pretty high in the trees. Nice job!
LOL yeah, just about time you raise the camera, they're off again!
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