The curious Bushtit
Roaming the West in large, active flocks, the Bushtit is indeed a curious little bird. Weighing in at only 4-6 grams, Bushtits join kinglets as the smallest North American birds besides the hummingbirds. FeederWatchers fortunate enough to live in the Bushtit range may attract this species to suet feeders. Brandon Green of Eugene, Oregon, recently snapped this amazing photo showing a mob of Bushtits inside his suet cage.
At least 27 individuals are visible in the photo above. Flocks of up to 40 birds are often found in the non-breeding season. Nesting Bushtits often have “helpers” at the nest (non-breeding individuals that help to raise the young of the nesting pair).
More information on Bushtits may be found on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s All About Birds website.