Thursday, May 01, 2014

Can you ID this bird?

I spotted this wee bird on my front porch recently.  
It's tiny, maybe 4 1/2" or 5".
I didn't hear it's song.
I didn't see any wing bars.
If you enlarge the pic, it appears to have a slight eye ring.
It twitched its shoulders up and down, but I didn't see tail flicking.
I've seen it before in springs past and still could never properly ID the bird.

I think it could be a type of gnatcatcher, flycatcher, or perhaps an immature house wren.
What do you think?
Please enlarge to see it a little closer.  
The photo isn't crystal clear.  Sorry.
Thanks for your help.
 

14 comments:

  1. Wow, it does look like a youngster, but I'm baffled. ;)

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  2. I think you might be right. House wren?
    Here's a link.
    http://birds.audubon.org/birds/house-wren

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  3. Looks like a little wren to me (I'm not an expert, though). It's a sweet little one!

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  4. Well, it looks like the gnat catchers around here, only ours our a bit darker.

    Joyce

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  5. Hey Jody- We think it's probably a House Wren. Cute little thing!

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  6. I think it looks a lot like a wren. If I heard the singing, that would help because they have the sweetest little song.

    Laura

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  7. It looks like a nut hatch to me. VERY sweet!

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  8. I'm going to get my bird book out. Boy, is it ever cute!

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  9. The beak looks like a nuthatch. Could it be the pygmy nuthatch?

    ~Lisa L

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  10. How about a brown creeper?

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  11. My first thought was a wren (esp beak), but our birds are so different from yours I have no idea. But what a sweetie he is.

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  12. Jody, this is Anne. A gnatcatcher is tiny and this one is about the right size with what you eyeballed him with length. Peewee's are small flycatchers. Titmice have a crest. He may not yet be in his spring plumage or she may be just as she is. http://ts3.mm.bing.net/th?&id=HN.608045392173664691&w=300&h=300&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0 So my vote is a blue-gray gnatcatcher

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  13. Wow -- she's a beauty! Sorry, I can't help, but it was fun reading all your comments -- I hope you figured out what she is!

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