May 13, 2008

Tanagers and Gnatcatchers

It's the time of year when we see Western tanagers on their way to higher altitudes: SeEtta Moss photographed one.

I always describe them as looking like a flying tequila sunrise. Here is a picture--you decide.

M. and I spotted a new bird for us on the 10th, the blue-gray gnatcatcher. Several males seemed to be having a territorial dispute on a slope covered with Gambel oak. I suggested that they could use the Forest Service road as a boundary between oakbrush patches, but they weren't listening to me.


Anonymous said...

By any chance, did you mean to link to the following Wikipedia article instead?

Chas S. Clifton said...

Fixed. Thanks.