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Psaltriparus minimus


Bushtits are somewhat plump with round heads. Gray upperparts and whitish underparts. Their cheeks and crown are tan - this is variable depending on location. Seen here with some nest building material.


Spotted along the BPA trail near Celebration Park in Federal Way, Wa. It is a year-round resident of the western United States and highland parts of Mexico, ranging from Vancouver through the Great Basin and the lowlands and foothills of California to southern Mexico and Guatemala.


After winter flocks break up, pairs establish territories but do not defend them strongly, tolerating other Bushtits even near nest. If pairs are disturbed during early stages of nesting, they reportedly may abandon the effort and build a new nest, perhaps with a different mate. Nest site is in a tree or shrub, 8-35' above the ground, sometimes lower or higher. Nest (built by both sexes) is firmly attached to twigs and branches, a tightly woven hanging pocket, up to a foot long; small entrance hole near top leads to narrow passage which opens into nest chamber. Nest is made of spiderwebs, moss, grass, lichens, leaves, rootlets, twigs; inside lined with plant down, animal hair, feathers.

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Brian38 3 years ago

Thank you Ashley for the nomination.

AshleyT 3 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Brian38 3 years ago

Thank you for commenting DrNamgyalT.Sherpa.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 3 years ago

So cute!

maplemoth662 3 years ago

Your welcome, Brian38....

Brian38 3 years ago

Thank you maplemoth.

maplemoth662 3 years ago

Three, very beautiful, very cute, bird photos....very beautiful colors....a very beautiful, and a very cute, little bird....

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Federal Way, Washington, USA

Spotted on Apr 10, 2018
Submitted on Apr 11, 2018

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