Flitting in Texas trees

by Jeannie
(Pasadena, TX, USA)

They catch my eye with their flitting among the leaves. Brownish, gray...one and one half to two inches...always in pairs... sometimes four at a time. They linger in a tree for a good while constantly on the move. I have seen them before with yellow markings.

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Jan 21, 2018
flitting in tx
by: roma

hi jeannie, still haven,t given up, but just identified my small birds with yellow. they are the orange crowned warbler, and no, the orange only shows when they,re agitated. they havebright yellow on the underside of their tails, their plumage us variable, brown, gray. they flit a lot, their tsils wagging, and they kind of look like skinny hummingbirds with really pointy beaks. it says they are the most common warbler, and they winter in tx. could be them, they like bushs and trees.

Jan 15, 2018
flitting in tx
by: roma

hi again. it might be a yellow throat. they are small and measure about 4 inchs, including the tail.

that,s what i suspect i have here in the greater los angeles area (08 miles to disneyland)

please let me know.

Nov 20, 2017
flitting in tx
by: roma

hi jeannie, after thinking about it, you did mention yellow. could it be something that needs to be id,d, as what i,m seeing. please look under warblers? here. let me know if it sounds familiar. have,t a clue.

Nov 18, 2017
flitting in tx
by: roma

this is just a guess, but could they be bushtits or titmouse? these both are very small birds, that eat insects, bushtits travel in flocks, all of them will be on one bush or tree, hopping, flitting, hanging upside down for about half a minute, then move onto the next one. saw them here in la this week, only see them in winter.

Nov 15, 2017
flitting in texas trees
by: Brook

Hi Jeanie,

Texas is one of the largest birding hot spots of the world with so many species that it would be very difficult to ID your birds without a picture.
However, here is a link to contact the Houston Audubon Society who would be most likely able to ID them with your limited description.

Although it can be quite a challenge I encourage you to have a camera nearby in hopes you can capture them next time.

Don't give up and if you return to this site be sure to fill in your email at the end and click the box to be notified in the future.

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