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Monday, March 23, 2009

Bird Photography Weekly #30 - Tufted Titmouse

One of the regular visitors to my bird feeders is the tufted titmouse. They are especially fond of the peanut feeder.

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Tufted titmouse are year around residence to my area as well as all of the eastern half of the United States. They are curious little birds and are very entertaining to watch.

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Titmouse are cavity nesters but they don't excavate their own hole. They normally use a natural cavity found in a tree or use an old woodpecker hole. They will sometimes use a man-made bird house, but from what I have read not as often as other similar species like chickadees.

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Check out more birds over at BPW #30.

Have a great Monday everyone!

 

16 comments:

Kelly said...

...such cute little captures of a cute little bird!! One of my favorite birds!

Bob and Cynthia Kaufman said...

Titmice are such cute and audacious birds and you captured this one perfectly.

April said...

They are sweet looking birds - love its tufted plumage. Wonderful captures!

Tattibau said...

Your noble acts has been rewarded handsomely. Now, birdwatching is just at your backyard. How nice to see all those pretty birds!

Larry Jordan said...

Super captures of the Tufted Titmouse Alan! Were those taken with your BirdCam? If so, what is the secret to getting such great quality photos with it? I have to get mine up and running.

I love these little guys. We have the Oak Titmouse here and I have been able to witness many being raised here in northern California. I'm sure there personalitites are very similar but the Tufted Titmouse has more color.

Chandramouli S said...

Wonderful shots, Alan. They look sweet - sweeter than a chickadee!

kjpweb said...

Wonderful endearing captures! Perfect!
Cheers, Klaus

dAwN said...

Well I learn something new every day, I had no idea that Titmice where cavity nesters! Thanks for the nice photos and informative post!

MaineBirder said...

Sweet photos!

I love hearing them arrive at the feeders... Peter peter peter

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Hi Alan, Great photos of the tufted titmouse. Such sweet little birds. I have them here too, of course. All winter, all summer, etc...A sad story for me revolves around a couple making a nest in one of my bluebird boxes last spring. I watched their activity for a while; then one day, there was no sign of them. When I checked, there were feathers all over the ground (and a few other pieces including a hairless baby bird). Inside the box, more feathers, bones and in the nest, pieces of egg shell and another pink, dead very tiny baby). I never did figure out what got them. I've had those boxes for 3 yrs. and so far bluebirds have never nested in them. They just come by for the hulled sunflower seeds. (They won't even eat mealworms when offered). Anyway, we purchased long extenders and my husband placed them at the entrances to the boxes, making it more difficult to get into the box (but not for the birds). If it's a snake or other bird, I guess I really can't do much about that;-( I don't want to see that sight again this year!

Jay said...

Oh the Titmice! They're such cute and vocal little birds (and so cute on that nut feeder!) Great shot of one of my favorite little birds!

Vickie said...

I love these little guys, too. They have so much personality and those holliwood eyes!

Tabib said...

Beautiful bird and nice hair style.

Alan said...

Thanks for the kind comments everyone!

Larry: You guess it! These photos were taken with the BirdCam. I find that the quality from the BirdCam camera is very good. I keep it set on the highest image quality setting. The camera doesn't always adjust to well to certain lighting situations but for the most part it does a good job.

Jan: That was sad to read about! I hope you don't have to experience that again!!

Tabib: I like the hair style as well!

Anonymous said...

I live on the West Coast and was wondering what other birds might benefit from that type of bird-feeder? Are those whole peanuts in it, or just shells? What are its dimensions and/or anything else I'd need to know to make one. Thanks for your blog!!!

The Zen Birdfeeder said...

Great captures, especially the tall-crest one! Thanks for sharing.