May 18, 2021, 2:35:40 PMMay 18
to Rogue Valley Birds
I continue to be quite concerned about Blue-gray Gnatcatchers in SW Oregon. Where they are usually common, their numbers seem low and at Rogue River Preserve there still have been zero detections. Usually this little sprite is present at the Preserve the first week of April and by now, the buckbrush chaparral is full of their acrobatic foraging. Were they impacted by the Obenchain fire (where a significant amount of acreage of chaparral was at least temporarily burnt up) and all the fires in California during their slow fall migration? What do you think?