I got to see this Tufted Titmouse rather up-close and personal when it was on the bird feeder. Unfortunately for me, I had the long lens on my camera and I was inside my living room. I took these pictures from my front window through the window screen and through the wooden porch rails. Thus, the unusual-look to the pictures. Tufted Titmice are handsome little birds. They are a medium-grey in color and have a wedge-shaped beak. They also have a little top-knot crest of short feathers on the top of their heads, much like the Northern Cardinal birds have.
The Tufted Titmice also have a buff color to their sides that has an area that takes on a rather golden hue. They eat insects, seeds, nuts and fruits. They are very fond of sunflower seeds as well as millet. These small birds tend to be around other small birds such as the finches, nuthatches and wrens. The call is a whistle similar to that we humans make when calling our dogs. I was very happy to see the Titmouse here as this is one of the first here in my yard. I took these pictures on February 23, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture . Enjoy!