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The Oak Titmouse is a small (one ounce, 3 inch) bird that inhabits woodlands on the California coastal region to Baja. It's almost identical to the Juniper Titmouse except for song and range. In fact, because of the brown tinge on the crest of this one, I would swear it's a Juniper titmouse, but they're almost never seen in the lower elevations.

The Oak titmouse is active, very active like a bushtit or wrentit. It is feisty, and highly territorial. It mates for life and will drive off any other titmouse or threat in its territory. It's a good thing its territory isn't that large. When I go out in the morning, I will see at least six to eight in trees surrounding the front of my house.

I never thought I'd get a shot at one of these. They move too fast. But 2011 was a bumper year, and I even got this one at about 12 feet in a pear tree. Sometimes, the older powershots were better at closeups than the newer SX 40s and 50s.

Faved by Cornell University

Tags:   E. A. Winning Oak Titmouse Walnut Creek Open Space Old Borges Ranch Trail Old Borges Ranch Northern California Birds DailyNature-TNC13 DailyNature-TNC14 North America Avian Ethan Winning

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This was the last shot of the Western Bluebird as he had JUST finished off some sort of worm, and that was the look he gave me. Classic! He was in deep shadow, but there was just enough light to capture this stare.

Btw, this was the male bluebird, and he was in full breeding plumage. The blue (and orange) of the Western Bluebird is absolutely vibrant, almost unbelievably blue.

Tags:   Male Western Bluebird Thrushes Heather Farm Walnut Creek Open Space Northern California Birds DailyNature-TNC13 DailyNature-TNC14 North America

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As much a shot of the background as the Steller's. Could I have asked for a better and vast setting for one small bird?

Tags:   Steller's Jay Mt. Rainier NP Jays Ethan Winning E. A. Birds DailyNature-TNC13 DailyNature-TNC14 North America Avian

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The last of the red dragonflies for 2019, almost as red as the Cardinal Meadowhawk, much redder than the Flame Skimmer, and in between in size, the Red-veined Skimmer may be the dragonfly whose wings are as sharply defined as any. I doubt if this dragonfly is more than a week old. Given a background like this, it's a true gem. [View Large to see intricate wing patterns]

Tags:   Red-veined Skimmer Dragonflies and Damselflies Skimmers Odonata Insects Mt. Diablo - Walnut Creek, CA Canon SX 50 Copyright Ethan Winning

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I don't know why this was archived, but fresh from the cellar, here's one of our resident Acorn Woodpeckers.

My kind of bird: The acorn woodpecker's habitat is forested areas with oaks in the coastal areas and foothills of Oregon, California, and the southwestern United States, south through Central America to Colombia.[2] This species may occur at low elevations in the north of its range, but rarely below 1,000 m (3,300 ft) in Central America, and it breeds up to the timberline. Nest are excavated in a large cavity in a dead tree or a dead part of a tree.

That's us! For the first five years I was photographing them, I would park my car at the ranch and take the six miles of rather arduous (downright difficult) trails to get to the tree at Ginder Gap in the foothills of Mt. Diablo. Two years ago when I could not longer visit the three families of them, I found out that there was another route which is two miles round trip. Then the tree collapsed under the weight of the acorns hammered into it. Descriptions of these birds and their wonderful behaviors are stated under all my other images of them.

Tags:   Acorn Woodpeckers Oak Woodlands Ginder Gap Mt. Diablo - Walnut Creek, CA Canon SX 50 Copyright Ethan Winning


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