Blue-gray Gnatcatcher — Polioptila caerulea

Order Passeriformes
Family Polioptilidae
Genus Polioptila
Species caerulea

This is a tiny slender bird. It is blue-gray above and white below with a narrow white eye ring and a long black and white tail. The tail is often cocked, like a wren's tail, and flipped about. It is usually seen in open woods, pines and thickets. Its song is a thin squeaky wheezy series of notes. During summer, this bird ranges throughout the eastern U.S. It winters south to Honduras.


Birds of the Arboretum

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow
Photo by Diane Lepkowski

Wilson's Warbler

Wilson's Warbler
Photo by Marshall Faintich

Wood Duck

Wood Duck
Photo by Diane Lepkowski

Wren (Winter Wren)

Wren (Winter Wren)
Photo by Diane Lepkowski