The Tufted Titmouse is one of the cutest of the songbirds. Titmice have arrived here with Carolina Wrens. The Tufted Titmice are grey birds with large, appealing black eyes, a small crest on top of their head, and apricot coloring on their sides under the wings. The Titmice eat insects but they love seeds fruits and nuts.
My neighbor has put up a bird feeder which has Sunflower Seeds and other bird seed. I plan to add a bird feeder to my back yard. In addition to having bird feeders up, the smaller birds may come around more often now that the neighborhood Hawk has recently been run-off by the Crows. I took these pictures on September 29, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
White-breasted Nuthatches have made my Oak Trees their home this past year. There are a small flock here. They sure do enjoy quickly grabbing a snack of Millet or Sunflower Seed from the bird feeder. They fly fast from the Oak to the feeder, take a seed, then they perch on the porch railing and eat the seed or crack the Sunflower Seed’s shell. They are chatty birds with a woodpecker-like habit of calling out a thin, high, “Chif-chif” sound. They are also woodpecker-like in that they have very long, curved, strong claws on their toes. The nuthatches use the claws to hold fast to the bark of the trees when upside down, sideways or even upright. They are amusingly acrobatic! I took these pictures on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 in my yard. So sorry for the late post – computer maintenance was being done earlier on my system. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph. Enjoy!