Loess Hills Audubon Society exists to educate individuals and the general public, to
enjoy and promote birding, to support ornithology, and to be an advocate for wild areas and environmental issues.
"Loess Hills Audubon Society is a Chapter of National Audubon Society, Inc."
Last Month's Bird Of The Month
|August 2016 Bird Of Month
A tiny, long-tailed bird of broadleaf
forests and scrublands, the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher makes itself known by its soft but insistent calls and its constant motion.
It hops and sidles in dense outer foliage, foraging for insects and spiders. As it moves, this steely blue-gray bird conspicuously
flicks its white-edged tail from side to side, scaring up insects and chasing after them. In spite of their name, gnats do
not form a significant part of the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher's diet. Pairs use spider web and lichens to build small, neat nests,
which sit on top of branches and look like tree knots. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are widespread but not abundant. During fall
migration, eastern Blue-gray Gnatcatchers can accumulate on the Gulf Coast, particularly the Texas coast, in huge numbers.
It can be found locally in Stone Park and Bacon Creek Park.