How delightful that the “thin, squeaky call notes” of the Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher give away its presence – otherwise, it would be almost impossible to spot this tiny bird! (National Audubon Society Pocket Guide of Songbirds & Familiar Backyard Birds – East).This morning I heard that distinct nasal, wheezy buzzing in the trees all around me. All I had to do was stand still and watch . . . very closely . . . as these Gnatcatchers are literally in constant motion, flitting hurriedly from branch to branch and tree to tree. The Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher “hops and sidles in dense outer foliage, foraging for insects and spiders.” (All About Birds). Once I finally spot him, more often than not, the Gnatcatcher is already heading the other way, and all I manage to capture with my camera is a tail shot!This slim, small (4-5″) bird can be found in woodlands and thickets, often near water, across much of the United States (Audubon). Lucky for us, they are in our region year round.