Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers are tiny (4.5 inches long) and active. They have a long black and white tail which is constantly fanned and waved and an obvious white eyering.
I was fortunate in finding one with a “gnat” (can mean any insect) in its beak at a swelteringly hot Col. Sam Smith Park.
When high the sun in noonday glory rides,
Where willows keep the lake’s green margin cool,
The speckled trout amid their shadow hides,
And dragonflies haunt every shaded pool – Thomas S. Collier (1842–1893)