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January 18, 2013


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They are the quintessential LGB (little grey bird), yes? I live in the country and don't see them much; nothing like when I lived in town. Their nests are evidence that they're around. A winter or two ago, after a snowfall, I noticed that one of their nests was woven through and through with strands from the ubiquitous blue tarps. Until the snow background,it hadn't been particularly visible. It was even clearer with the zoom on the camera.


I too love these little guys...(except their name):)I really love their little peeping calls they make when they all land together...it's like they're so excited and happy to find a food source they have to sing and talk about it to one another!

Ellen Blackstone, BirdNote

What kind of seed are you offering, Christina? Black oil sunflower seed will appeal to chickadees, nuthatches, etc., but not so much to House Sparrows. Consider changing seed, or perhaps moving the seed feeder farther away from the suet feeder. Good luck!

Christina Wilsdon

Love these little birds. Up til this year we've had tons at our suet feeders, but unfortunately English house sparrows have returned to our yard, and the bushtits don't seem to enjoy sharing the feeder space with them, even though the sparrows don't eat the suet.


Good information about this little bird! I have never seen one, but maybe I haven't known what it was. Good photos for identification and interesting facts.

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