|Posted on April 29, 2014 at 8:15 PM|
When we first moved to this place on a small mountain in rural far northern Georgia, I began observing the wildlife, really seeing it for the first time ever. My favorite book series at the time was one by the naturalist Marcia Bonta and my first foray into the series was Appalachian Spring. Since then, I have acquired, read and reread each season's offering from this author. As she did many years ago, I began keeping a bird list, though I must admit, I am still quite a fumbler when it comes to being certain which species of bird I'm seeing. Males and females and juveniles of each may appear so different from each other.
Today, as I was walking back uphill from the chicken coops for the 50th time, over my head, a tiny gray-blue bird flitted and chittered. It was so small, with a super sharp bill and a long tail with a white stripe down each side of it. I had never seen this one before and stood watching as it clung to the side of a tree, picking insects from the bark, never still, always flitting energetically about. I came right in to research and found it immediately, the blue gray gnatcatcher.
So, in honor of the new bird sighting here on our mountain, I dredged up the old list and saw that my last entry was way back in 2005, about the time we began our foray into building the first chicken coop and thinking about which breeds we'd have in our first flock. So, the blue gray gnatcatcher is officially Entry #53. Wish I'd had my camera on me!
See the blue gray gnatcatcher here: http://ibc.lynxeds.com/photo/blue-grey-gnatcatcher-polioptila-caerulea/blue-grey-gnatcatcher-branch
Categories: Daily Clucking