Date: 1/12/18 7:35 pm From: William H Kaempfer <William.Kaempfer...> Subject: [cobirds] Bushtit in jail!
This fascinating report came in to the CFO Website today from Ft. Collins, and I thought you all would be interested.
Hi, I do not know how common it is to see Bushtits in Colorado and in particular, Fort Collins. I had a small flock come through about 5 weeks ago and since I did not know exactly who these excited, chattering little birds were, I headed for my bird books. Today I looked out and saw a tiny bird trapped within my large tube feed that was almost empty. When I took my ladder (and more food for refilling the feeder) outside to release this slightly panicked prisoner, I had a nice close look at it. And, popping around the nearby juniper and tree lilac was the rest of the flock, creating quite a flurry of noise and motion. I had no doubt that my feeders and water tray had attracted another flock of Bushtits. I birded years ago with Kevin Cook (and others) and am acquainted with Dave Leatherman. While I am not actively out birding, I treasure unique visitors at my feeders so I thought I would share this with you. Thank you, Allison S.
Moral of the story-keep an eye on your feeders or you might end up with a pack of angry bushtits trying to spring an imprisoned relation.