The Common Bushtit is a tiny little bird that you can
often hear but not see. It moves quickly (flits) around in a tree, looking
for insects under leaves, stems and on bark. They are found in flocks and
arrive in October and stay till Spring. They are just a bit larger than
hummingbirds and much smaller than Sparrows. Stand under one of the Valley
oaks that has several limbs that hang close to the ground and remain very
still, you can often gain their trust and they will reveal themselves to
you. Bring a tarp and lay on it, look up into the oak canopy and just watch.
Soon you will become aware that the tree is full of Bushtits.