by Brook Gowin
(Troutdale, OR)

large flock of 20 that clung to a hanging suet cake, dark gray head, wings and back - light gray under belly and breast - black cone shaped beak with black legs and eyes. No other markings anywhere. Approx 4 1/2" slim upright stand such as a finch. A very plain, dull, precious little bird. I had some last year and was told that I had missed a marking of some sort because I saw it wrong, no one could identify it. I have only seen this one day this year. 12/14/13

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Feb 20, 2014
bushtits NEW
by: Brook

Yes, they are definitely Bushtits, no doubt!

Dec 20, 2013
Bushtits NEW
by: Judy-Seattle

Hi Brook. IMO the color of the Bushtits isn't really a true gray nor a true brown. I consider it sort of a brownish gray (or grayish brown if you like). But their main feature is that they have no markings at all. It would probably be better to check with "professionals" on the West coast or better yet the Northwest. There are no Bushtits in Upstate New York.

Dec 19, 2013
Bush Tits NEW
by: Brook

Yes you are right, they are Bush Tits. Neither me or the "professionals" were able to identify them because mine have no brown on them they are totally dark gray and light gray underneath. Do yours have any brown or even a hint of brown?

Dec 19, 2013
by: Judy-Seattle

Hi Brook. I guarantee you that they're Bushtits. I've been watching them today at my peanut butter and seed cakes. I also have lots of Chickadees. You won't see baby birds at this time of year. I will post a couple photos that I took of Bushtits.

Dec 17, 2013
Bush Tits?
by: Brook

They look similar to a chickadee without any markings at all? I thought maybe they were juvenille chickadees. You are saying "No"?

This is interesting, I've been told by professionals at Audubon and Cornell U that there is no such bird and I missed something.

I am now off on a search of bush tits

Dec 16, 2013
by: Judy-Seattle

Hi Brook! They are Bushtits. I have lived in the Seattle area since 1994 and only started seeing them a few years ago. I was also stumped. They come on large numbers and completely cover the suet cake. Like you observed, they have not markings. My birdbook says that the male is slightly darker than the female.

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