Male Bushtit – My First!

Went out to my backyard this afternoon specifically to capture one of the Dark-eyed Juncos that I just love. As I was sitting here, bored to tears, I saw this little gray puff-ball. I thought it was some type of Warbler at first. Cool I thought, since I have yet to capture a good Warbler too. I got a few decent shots to help me ID this guy. Come to find out this was a male Bushtit…my first. Hope to see more of him in the future!

Male Bushtit

Was hoping for a head-turn, but I’ll take it.
Male Bushtit

Mike Matenkosky

Mike is a Central Valley California landscape and nature photographer whose subjects include scenes from Merced County, Yosemite, SeKi, and the eastern Sierra. He is currently living in Atwater, CA.

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  1. Hi Mike, Mike here from Outdoor eyes. Great photos and it looks like you are having a good time with the family and your camera. I like your site and blog. Take care and keep posting your great images.


  2. Hey Mike (is there an echo here?)! Thanks for the comment.


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