The Feisty Titmouse….and more


In Texas there basically two Titmouse species,; the Tufted, found in the eastern part of the state, and the Black-crested that hangs out in the western part.  So here in the San Angelo area you will find the Black-crested Titmouse the year around.  A very feisty bird, I have seen many a licensed bird-bander get his hands scratched when trying to retrieve one from the mist nets that they use to trap them.  Trying to photograph one, is a feat in itself.  A fast moving bird in the brush, it is hard to keep in the viewfinder of a camera.

However, I have met the challenge several times.  Here are a few images of one that I got recently in the past week.

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Black-crested Titmouse

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Black-crested Titmouse

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Black-crested Titmouse

Besides getting photos of the titmice, I found many more photo opportunities.

Everybody loves the Great Roadrunner.

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Great Roadrunner

Western Meadowlarks have are around in great numbers.  I happened to see this one in a tree.  Not unusual, but I see most of them on the ground.

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Western Meadowlark

The Canyon Towhee, while not a really colorful bird, does have a certain beauty of it’s own.

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Canyon Towhee

The black-masked Loggerhead Shrike is another nasty bird.  Also know as the ‘butcher bird’, it captures it’s prey, then impales it on thorns or barbed wire to save it for a later meal.

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Loggerhead Shrike

American Robin, as American as apple pie and Chevrolet.  Always a harbinger of spring.

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American Robin

The Great Blue Heron; one of my favorite birds to photograph.  They can always be found around our local rivers and lakes.  It is always a nice thing to catch one in perfect light, such as this one.  About 150 yards away across the water, I think this is one of my personal favorites.

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Great Blue Heron

Osprey.  I love to photograph the raptors, and the Osprey is no exception.  This one gave me a nice frontal view.

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Osprey

The Say’s Phoebe is not a rare bird here, but neither is it a bird that has a large presence, so it is nice to come up on one.  A birder friend gave me a tip on where to find this one.  I went to that location, played his song on my iPad app, and he presented himself for this photo.  I love it when it is this easy.

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Say’s Phoebe

Well, I hope you enjoyed this latest collection.  I want to thank you readers and my Facebook friends, that comment so very favorably on my photography.  It is what keeps me excited about writing these posts.  So keep those letters and comments coming in. 🙂

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I’ll be back in a few days.  Until then………HAPPY BIRDING!!!

 

14 thoughts on “The Feisty Titmouse….and more

  1. Hi there Bobster! I absolutely love your photos!!! And the ones of the little Titmouse (one of my fav birds species) are fantastic! They truly are feisty and flighty. 😉 They never seem to sit still for long.

    • Many thanks, Deb. So nice of you to comment, but your words are causing an increase in my hat size. I agree about the titmice being so quick. But, like the other tiny birds, I love the challenge. 😊😊

  2. Hope this goes thru to you!  Thanks for all your beautiful bird art you share with us!Shay

    WILDLIFE: Judge rules Golden-cheeked Warbler should stay on endangered species list A bright-faced songbird of the Texas Hill Country still faces enough threat from population growth and land development in the San Antonio-Austin region to need shelter under the Endangered Species Act, a federal judge in Austin has ruled. Senior U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks sided with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week in a case centered on the golden-cheeked warbler, a 3- to 5-inch migratory songbird that only nests in around 39 counties in Central Texas. Read more from The Rivard Report

  3. We had a Titmouse, I think Tufted, in our backyard when I was a kid in Ontario, Canada and have not seen one in the West since they don’t live here. You have such a great variety of birds where you are, Bob. What a delight!

    • Thank you, Bambi, I appreciate it. The app I use is iBird Pro. It has great photos and info on all birds, plus calls on each one. It is not free, but worth it. I can’t remember the price.

  4. Some cute and some not-so-cuddly birds! All amazing in their own way. This is a nice variety and as usual, you educate me as well! hugs, Beth

  5. Another great post Bob. I am happy to say that we have several goldfinches visiting our thistle socks. They are a bit drab right now, but will be beautiful and golden soon.
    We have also heard a Cooper’s hawk “laughing” at us several times lately. I hope that means they will come back to our yard to nest. Maybe they will have better luck this year. As you may remember, a terrible wind storm knocked all four of their chicks out of the next last year.
    Best regards to you and Ann.

    • Thank you very much, Sylvia. You have been a fan of mine for many years. I am glad you are still enjoying my blog. Yes, I do remembaer that. I hope they return and give you much enjoyment. 🙂

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