How to Attract Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

How to Attract Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher 

BE AWARE THAT HABITAT TYPE MORE THAN ANY OTHER FACTOR, WILL IN MOST CASES, DICTATE THE SPECIES OF BIRD THAT VISIT YOUR PROPERTY. 

Description: A menace for spiders, the Blue Gray Gnatcatcher eats them, raids insects from their webs, and even uses their webs as nesting material. This highly energetic and territorial bird also eats small insects – so promoting insect habitation is key in order to attract them. They are most often found foraging and nesting in large deciduous trees like Oak and Maple. They are difficult to find outside of forest habitat.

Overview

Identification:

  • Very small-sized bird
  • Blue-gray upperparts, white underparts, white eyering, long tail

Habitat:

  • Spring/Summer (Breeding Range): Moist Deciduous Forest
  • Winters around the Gulf Coast

Eating Habits:

  • Small Insects and Spiders – gleaned from foliage and spider webs

Nesting:

  • Tall Deciduous Trees - especially Oak and Maple

Top Ways to Attract Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

Insect-Friendly Yard     Deciduous Forest     Oak     Maple     Hickory

Trees & Shrubs that Attract Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

American Beech (Insects)     American Birch (Insects)    Ash (Insects)    Eastern Hemlock (Insects)     Hickory (Insects)     Oak (Nesting, Insects)                                  Maple (Nesting, Insects)     Wild Cherry (Insects)