Nature’s pest control

The blue-gray gnatcatchers are back in town. They’ll stay here all winter (some will head further south), after spending the summer nesting season up north. They are perky, active birds and often sound like a little cat in the woods, with one of their calls being a soft ‘mew.’ They eat small insects of many varieties, including moths and caterpillars. They rarely sit still, seeming to operate one gear below hummingbird speed. They help keep plants healthy by removing bugs that feed on them.