The Bushies Are Back

At passing glance, what you’re looking at below might seem just a blobtacular mass of leaf litter caught up in a tree’s branches, but in reality  it’s a marvel of engineering and camouflage; a pendulous dangling nest (its entrance at the upper right), constructed tirelessly by a tiny little bird called the bushtit — I call them bushies.

The backyard was without breeding bushies last spring — perhaps because of this tragedy I discovered in March 2008 when a bushie trying to renovate the previous spring’s badly deteriorated nest got tangled in a piece of thread and died. It’s buried directly beneath where that nest hung, and yes it still makes me sad.

Ironically the bushies go to such great lengths to build a covert hideaway nest that’s very well protected and easily missed, only to give its location away because of their incessant chirping as they move in and out of it and around the tree boughs. That’s how I was able to find it yesterday.

If I get the time and motivation next weekend, I might set up a BushieCam, but in the meantime I’m just glad they’re back.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."