Around the first of the year I decided to make a concerted effort to pay more attention to “back yard birds” in my area. I used to only think of birds of prey, shorebirds and other waders when I wanted to take photos of birds, so this is a new venture. Attempting to photograph small perching birds proved to be much harder than I had anticipated. They are small, fast, and very fidgety for starters, and don’t stay in one place very long. I have really enjoyed learning about new bird species, this Blue-gray Gnatcatcher being one. It’s distinctive white eye-ring first drew my attention, and then I enjoyed watching it fleet around searching for insects until it relocated to another area.