These tiny little tweeters (no more than three inches from beak tip to tail) appear this time of year in a moderately sized flock (I’ve counted 15 to 20) congregating a-twitter mostly in the big bougainvallia or the brush cherry tree in the backyard.

They particularly enjoy it when the large leaves of the tall unknown plant in the side yard get wet from watering. They like to scramble about upon them rubbing feathers against the surface and picking up the beads of moisture there. So yesterday in the late afternoon before dinner I obliged them by hosing the leaves and they were so cute that I had to rush in and grab the cam.

None of the shots came out very well as I was shooting through the kitchen window glass and its old screen, but I still like these two:



[Larger versions here and here]