|Bushtits will visit suet feeders. Photo by J.J. Meyer|
Bushtits are year-round residents of Southern California. They are sprightly, social songbirds that twitter as they fly from bush to bush. Almost always found in gregarious flocks, they move constantly, often hanging upside down to pick at insects or spiders on the undersides of leaves.
Flocks of these tiny songbirds sometimes mix with warblers, chickadees, and kinglets while foraging.
They weave a very unusual hanging nest, shaped like a soft pouch or sock, from moss, spider webs, and grasses.