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Newport Back Bay Gnatcatcher

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A friend of mine spotted a little bird at the Newport Beach Back Bay in CA on July 1.  He got a couple of OK photos and asked me for an opinion.  I kind of like California Gnatcatcher (would be a new bird for him and I've never seen one) but it could also be a Black-tailed Gnatcatcher.  Hoping to get a ruling.  

Thanks,

bo

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California Gnatcatcher.

As far as I know Black-tailed Gnatcatchers always have a full eyering, which this bird dose not have. Also the black cap extends below the eye, plus it is out of range for Black-tailed.

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