Ottawa Bird #239 – Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Last night I had a great evening of birding at Mud Lake.  For those of you who are familiar with the area, the trail along the houses on Britannia Rd, south of the sumac field was alive with warblers.  Their were Palm, Yellow, Nashville, Bay-breasted, Black-throated Green and Blue, Parula, Pine, Black and White and hundred of Yellow-rumped.  I spent about 2 hours in the area and wasn’t ever disappointed.

I kept hearing a call that I’d heard before but just couldn’t see the bird or remember what bird went with that call.

Most people were away at Point Pelee so I was unsure who I could call and tell.  I called Tony Beck and told him about the mini warbler fallout.  He told me someone had just reported that a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Mud Lake.  That had to be it…..

Thanks, Tony for the heads up….

Next morning at Mud Lake on the short trail to the observation platform high up in the canopy we found a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.  Bird #239 on my Ottawa list.

Amazing how small they are, while I didn’t get an usable photo, we had some good views with binoculars.  I am still amazed how small they are beside a warbler.


Thanks to Kathleen, Carl And Mark Gawn was a great morning birding at Mud Lake.

Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are fairly common south of us but below is a better photo  of what your looking for.


A few days later at Thickson’s Woods we came across a rather vocal Gnatcatcher…..



Ciao for now

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1 Response to Ottawa Bird #239 – Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

  1. Kathleen says:

    Hi Paul… Carl and Mark. Thanks for the Saturday morning Mud Lake observations and for giving me the coordinates for your Birdquest blog. I look forward to next encounters!

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