The Tufted Titmouse is such an appealing and cute little bird that I just welcome seeing these little grey birds every day. They are musical, fun to watch and pretty intelligent. They love eating Sunflower Seeds from the bird feeder that is next to the porch. First, the Titmouse will fly to the porch railing, then hop to the top of the metal bird feeder pole and finally down to the feeder to grab a favored seed. Once the bird has the seed, it flies up to the porch railing to crack the shell of the Sunflower Seed against the top of the wooden railing.
Sometimes, the birds will fly about on the porch and land on a small temporary greenhouse shelving unit where I start vegetable seeds. It makes a fine perch! Recently I have been seeing pairs of the Tufted Titmice together at the feeder or on the porch. Must be the Mr. and Mrs. who have a nest in the Oaks next to the pond here. I am happy to have such a busy bird feeder! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
This medium-sized flock of Cedar Waxwings was perched way up in the tops of several large Oak Trees at the far end of my property at twilight a few days ago. This flock comes and goes but most often is here only for the night. I think that the big trees are a favorite perch for these birds. Cedar Waxwings are small birds with beautiful buff, white, grey and black markings. They also have distinctive yellow tips on their tail feathers. The Cedar Waxwings have a black mask and a short crest top-knot on their heads. The males are a little brighter in color than the females. These birds are mostly fruit eaters. They love berries of all kinds. Right now, there are many berries still on the shrubbery near the trees where this flock is perched. Because it was almost dark when I snapped these pictures, I have used photo editing software to lighten the pictures so the birds can be seen easier. I took these pictures on November 20, 2011 in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!