This weekend, we spent around 45 minutes watching a pair of American Bushtit tending their sock-like nest in an old oak tree in the Sun City Center Park Preserve in Roseville. There was no way to know for sure, but the way they were taking turns coming and going from the nest leads us to believe they were tending a brood.
I find Bushtits devilishly difficult to photograph--perhaps even more so than hummingbirds--due to their constant movement and lightning-quick reflexes. This also makes them one of the most enjoyable of our common songbirds to search out and photograph. Getting a crisp photo of one of these tiny speedsters always feels like an accomplishment!