I didn't expect to see these cute little birds in the winter. They are so tiny it seems that they'd prefer a warmer climate this time of year. I've also noted that they like to flock together and act like life is a party, dancing and singing with each other and just having a great old time. On this Sunday, after taking pictures of an unusual bird on a fence, I continued to track down what bird was giving a whistling tweet that seemed to echo between various bushes in the front yards of some ordinary houses. Persistence pays because I finally saw them - bushtits!. They didn't seem to be worried about me, so I took a lot pictures. They also didn't seem to be very happy with life even though it was fairly warm. They were just busy eating, which I can understand. Here are some pictures
note the extraordinary tail
and finally for today:
I hope you're able to see some of these tiny handfuls. They are smaller than lesser goldfinches, but bigger than hummingbirds. Listen for the high-pitched whistle
They are very cute and most times of the year travel in rag-tag mobs. During spring breeding you will only see them in pairs.
Nice pictures Debby! Good job.
Thanks! Just listen for that hurried whistling sound, almost dee-dee dee-dee but sharper and eching all over the place.
"Rag-tag mobs" I love that! Balls of tiny feathers with a bit of attitude... there were at least two in this sighting that stuck fairly close to each other, then others in nearby pine-like trees and bushes. I imagine the were finding plenty to eat.