Thrushes & Allies

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Photo: Creative Commons)

Look for The blue-gray gnatcatcher is the birder’s “mini-mockingbird,” always in motion and usually talking about it. This graceful, delicate, miniscule bird seems to arrive too early in spring, sallying into swarms of midges from still-budding branches. Its slender, elongated form and flashy black-and-white paneled tail are hard to mistake, though the gnatcatcher often goes… Read more

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Photo: Creative Commons)

The ruby-crowned kinglet is a small, greenish, active bird recognizable by its big white eye ring, white wing bars, and tiny bill. In breeding season it is a bird of coniferous and mixed woodlands, but in winter it favors thickets, brushy areas, and woodlands with a thick understory. The song is improbably loud and musical… Read more

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Photo: Wikimedia Creative Commons)

Look for After various hummingbirds, the tiny, plump golden-crowned kinglet is North America’s smallest bird. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in energy, constantly flipping its wings and flitting, tilting, and scooting across branches in search of even more diminutive prey. A reasonably good look will reveal its striking face pattern, with… Read more

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