Unlike all those regal corvids like crows, small birds are quite difficult to photograph. They move rapidly and sporadically. This means that the second I adjust the manual focus on my telephoto lens in hopes of getting an image, they are nowhere to be found. I'm not even thinking about composition! Of course, actually capturing a few shots of one of the reasons for my frustration turns into a small triumph.
This little character, I suspect, is a dark-eyed junco. I'm no expert on identifying birds, so I learn as I go along.