A couple of close encounters of the Oak Titmouse kind occurred recently; one of which happened today on a hike along Rattlesnake Canyon when I came upon a pair of parents feeding youngsters hidden inside the cavity of a trunk. The first encounter was in the Figueroa Campground, where I was able to record the bird with what seems to be three call variations.
(Oak Titmouse about to enter trunk cavity – Rattlesnake Canyon)
(Oak Titmouse checking out the area – Rattlesnake Canyon.
I photographed the bird in the middle of a wing flutter.
Possibly (this is a guess), the bird wanted to communicate alarm
about my presence, but could not do so vocally with food in its beak.
I left immediately after noticing the flutter while taking the photo.)
(Oak Titmouse grabbing a peanut – Figueroa Campground )
Click arrow to hear the recording of the Oak Titmouse.