Alan Barnard

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  1. This morning, we spent around 45 minutes watching a pair of American Bushtit tending their sock-like nest in an old oak tree in the Sun City Center Park Preserve in Roseville, CA. There is no way to know for sure, but the way they were taking turns coming and going from the nest leads us to believe they were tending a brood. I find Bushtits devilishly difficult to photograph--perhaps even more so than hummingbirds--due to their constant movement and lightning-quick reflexes. This also makes them one of the most enjoyable of our common songbirds to search out and photograph. Getting a crisp photo of one of these tiny speedsters always feels like an accomplishment! American Bushtit (Psaltriparus minimus) by Alan Barnard, on Flickr
  2. California Scrub Jay California Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma californica) by Alan Barnard, on Flickr
  3. I ran across this Nuttall's Woodpecker this morning. I don't see these nearly as often as the more common Acorn Woodpecker. Nuttall's Woodpecker (Picoides nuttallii) by Alan Barnard, on Flickr
  4. This guy kept peeking out at me from behind the limb, clearly trying to decide if he could trust me. After about two minutes of this, he finally dropped down to the feeder and had a bite. Male House Finch, Fuji X-T2, Fujinon XF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6. House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) by Alan Barnard, on Flickr
  5. Our friendly neighborhood California Scrub Jay. Such a character...
  6. White-Crowned Sparrow
  7. Acorn Woodpeckers, Northern California
  8. White-Crowned Sparrow
  9. Lesser Goldfinch, Northern California
  10. American Bushtit, Putah Creek Riparian Reserve.
  11. White-Crowned Sparrow
  12. Mourning Dove
  13. A scruffy little White-Crowned Sparrow.
  14. Our local California Scrub Jay