I’ll have to admit that I always enjoy seeing a bird I haven’t seen before, even in a zoo or film, but not nearly as much as seeing a new species in the “wild,” even if the “wild” is Lake Ralphine in Santa Rosa. This is the first time I’ve ever gotten a picture of an Acorn Titmouse,
and even though it’s a very small, not very distinguished-looking bird, I spent considerable time over three different days trying to get the best possible picture of it.
As you can probably tell from the above shot, it seemed to spend much time on the ground and barely above the ground on fallen logs where it’s hard to get a good angle,
particularly since I find it difficult to lay on the ground and get back up.
Still, they don’t seem to be particularly shy, and it was easy to get shots of them in the trees because they tended to stay in the lower branches.
Their range is mainly in California, though there seems to be some controversy over whether this is really the same bird as the Tufted Titmouse. All I know is that I have never gotten a shot of a bird like this with a tufted head and that made my day a little more exciting than it would otherwise have been.