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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Find oak titmice in Orange County's canyons

An oak titmouse visits a feeder at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary.  Photo by J.J. Meyer
Oak Titmice are small songbirds with short, stubby bills, a distinctive short crest on the head and a medium-long tail.

These vocal, active birds can be found in the dry oak woods from southern Oregon to Baja California.  Mates pair for life, and both partners noisily defend their territory year-round. The oak titmouse and the nearly identical juniper titmouse of the Great Basin were once treated as a single species, the plain titmouse.

Oak Titmice are strongly tied to oak trees, although they also live in areas of open pine or mixed oak-pine forest.  Find them in Orange County's canyon areas.

Happy birding!

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