There are several species of birds of the Pinyon – Juniper woodlands that are just plain; nondescript. Yet, they are quite cute and entertaining.
The first one I observed was the Gray Vireo. I found it fairly close to my apartment. It is a resident of the punishingly hot deserts of the southwestern part of the U.S., such as the Colorado National Monument. This vireo is gray above and whitish below.
Bushtits are tiny drab birds. They tend to move through the trees in small flocks. If you notice small grayish birds flying from one tree to another in single file, they are likely Bushtits. They are often inconspicuous while feeding in a tree until they start flying out of one and into another. Several times, I have had flocks fly into trees near to me, and ignore me completely as they go about feeding.
A third species I have enjoyed seeing is the Juniper Titmouse. It is possibly the plainest bird in North America, medium gray overall with no patterning. Despite its dull plumage, it is undeniably cute with a large eye, plain face, and crest.
The Pinyon – Juniper woodlands are often ignored by passers-by. Yet, the woodlands serve as a home to many unique species, including the three depicted above. Spend some time and explore this unique habitat and its resident wildlife.