These adorable tiny bushtits visit our garden multiple times every day. They always come in large flocks, perhaps as many as 50 and more. They announce themselves with a cheery chatter and then descent onto the suet feeders. Bushtits are small kinglet sized birds around 3 inches (7 to 8 cm) long and weigh approximately 0.1 to 0.2 ounces (4 to 6 grams). They busily forage through shrubs and trees where they look for insects and spiders to munch on. Bushtits also love suet! They build incredible nests out of spiderwebs, grasses, lichen and other soft materials found in nature.
Watch how they dangle upside down while eating!
On this day I had just refilled the bird feeder when they suddenly appeared. Luckily I had my cellphone in my pocket and was able to capture a short clip of their energetic feeding session. And I can’t help but wonder how they got their name!