Bushtit Bonanza

I’m not sure why they visit so infrequently (but regularly) but it seems that every so often a flock of Bushtits (Psaltriparus minimus) comes through, visits our suet feeder, and are gone for another week. It’s almost as if they have a regular route and our feeder is on it.

Bushtits (Psaltriparus minimus)
Bushtits (Psaltriparus minimus) – here and then gone.

I do love seeing these energetic little acrobats and look forward to their occasional visits. It’s fun watching them with the kids as well. Even Clara (not yet two) is now trained to keep an eye out for these birds and others, reporting either “No birds yet.” or “I see two birds.”

Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus)
A female Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) keeping a watchful eye out for trouble.

Bushtits are small gray birds with proportionately long tails. Females have lighter, whitish coloured eyes while the males have dark eyes. They usually travel in flocks, moving quickly through an area and feeding as they go. As we move into spring look for the distinctive nest of the bushtit, a hanging sock-like nest made of spiderwebs and plant material with a small opening at the top.

Bushtits – guaranteed to make you smile.


  1. I’ve also been noticing Bushtits every once in a while. Great to get the information about their nests. Interesting as well to think they may have a regular route that they follow. Thanks also for the id help on my last post. Much appreciated!

  2. Infrequent but regular,I say the same about our Yellow-billed babblers and Common Mynas. Cute little birds, you captured them real nice!

  3. I love it when the bushtits ambush my feeder – here one minute, gone the next.
    PS Thanks for the woodlouse info from a previous post – came in quite handy for my Macro Monday shot this weekend – I hope I got the ID right! I can’t quite belive how many I have in my compost heap!

  4. What beautiful little bird. Has anyone seen California Quail lately? They used to be on the Comox Peninsula but unfortunately the feral cats and domestic are taking more than their fair share of birds. I love all animals so what can done about his?

  5. Not sure Trish, maybe a cat bylaw (which I can’t see happening anytime soon). Most folks seem to think that their cats aren’t the kind of cats that kill birds and small mammals or that they’re only acting naturally.

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