Posted by: atowhee | September 29, 2014

IN OUR GARDEN

dowo feml-zFemale Downy above. Bushtits checkingout suet feeder below:

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Bushtits are the smallest songbird in Oregon. You want to cuddle one in the palm of your hand. They are nervous, restless, nomadic little birds most of the time. Their tininess seems to increase their frenetic motion. They make chickadees look sedate. That ain’t easy. A day without Bushtits is a quieter, less exciting day in the garden. Even when food is plentiful their stays are brief, even if repeated. How much suet could one Bushtit possibly eat at one time anyway?
In contrast the Downy will sometimes stay at the suet for a minute or more at a feeding.


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