Bird #253 — Black-tailed Gnatcatcher

polioptila (from polios, and ptilon, feather) melanura (from melanos, black, and oura, tail)

Saturday, March 31, 1984 — 9:30 am

Tucson Mountain Park, Arizona near Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Mom and Dad took us to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for the morning.  On the way, Mom pulled over to the side of the road so I could experience a saguaro forest.  I wandered off from the others through scattered cactus and thick scrub.  I entered a dry wash and heard a Black-tailed Gnatcatcher calling loudly and hoarsely.  It was foraging bush to bush along the wash.

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