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Small bird likely Northern Mockingbird if not Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

Comments re photo 39088 Birds of Kentucky Help on ID of small birdWendy Butler Burt writes:
It's hard to tell from this one photo,But, here goes . . . How "small' is "small"? It most likely is a Northern Mockingbird if it is about 10", beak to tail. If it is 4.5" long, beak to tail, it could be a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher that forgot to migrate south for the Winter - poor thing. Both species have gray backs, white breasts, blackish bills, and white outer tail feathers. Wendy Butler Burt
To learn more about identifying birds, everyone is invited to the next Birding 101, to be held at the Adair County Extension Office, 409 Fairground ST, Columbia, KY, from 10am-12pm noon CT, Saturday, February 5, 2011. Wendy Butler Burt and Barbara Armitage will be conducting the classes.



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Birds of Kentucky: Northern Mockingbird. or Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher?



2011-02-03 - Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY - Photo by James Dillon.
"Here is a small bird," writes James Dillon. "I don't really know what kind it is though. I took its picture in my front yard in Bowling Green today. Thanks, Columbia Magazine." And thank you James Dillon. Send the answer using the "Contact Form" with this photo. The identification of this beautiful creature will make good practice for the Great Backyard Bird Count, February 18, 19, 20, and 21, 2011.
Click on Readmore for Wendy Butler Burt's ID as either a Northern Mockingbird or Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

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