Some of the regulars here at the porch-side bird feeder have been the Tufted Titmice. They are intelligent small birds. If several titmice come to the feeder together, one will serve as a scout and will perch on the roof of the porch or on the porch railing while the others eat.
The titmice seem to also be in league with the Mourning Doves. The Mourning Doves are so afraid of humans here, they will scatter at the sound of my feet or the sight of me, even when I am quite a distance away from the feeder. When the doves fly off together, the Tufted Titmouse that the feeder and all of the other titmice, flee! Quite the early warning system! Likely needed recently due to visiting house cats and Red-shouldered Hawks in the vicinity. I took these pictures in my yard on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of that photograph. Enjoy!
Tufted Titmice are here in the yard in a big way. The flock of Tufted Titmice is not a large one but the grey, buff, Apricot and black birds are not shy about coming to the bird feeder several times a day. Sometimes there will be four or five at a time vying for space on the feeder. One will sit on the porch railing acting as a look-out while the others take turns getting the Millet or Black Oil Sunflower Seeds. They also occasionally find an insect or two on the porch or in the grass next to the house.
These are intelligent cute birds with their large eyes and top-knot crest. Yesterday this bunch of Titmice had to look out for a visiting house cat that was interested in all the birds hanging out around the feeder. Lucky for the birds, the cat was too afraid to approach the house and quickly left the area. Both cats and dogs occasionally just show up and stroll around the yard.. The dogs and cats just go back home to their own yards after a while. I took these pictures in my yard yesterday, Nov. 1, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
There are Tufted Titmice in my yard and boy oh boy are they entertaining little birds. They are flitting around the porch and some even have flown quite close to me when I was walking up my front steps! Mostly they are sociable and not terribly wary of people. The small grey birds have huge personalities and musical whistle songs. The birds eat several types of insects and lots of different kind of seeds, nuts and fruits. I know that they love the Black Oil Sunflower Seeds. They will often sit on the porch railing and crack open the Sunflower Seed shells. I took these pictures in my yard on October 22, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
This cute, grey and buff-colored Tufted Titmouse was here at the bird feeder grabbing a bite at dusk on Saturday. These birds are intelligent. They have large black eyes and whistle a musical note or two when singing. They have a small topknot crest on their heads. There is faint Apricot coloring just under each wing.
Tufted Titmice eat seeds and insects. Their favorite food here at the feeder is the Black Oil Sunflower Seed. They will perch on the porch and crack the shells of the sunflower seeds then eat their tid-bit of kernel. The Tufted Titmouse here was with a lone Carolina Chickadee and a White-breasted Nuthatch. All of these birds seem good companions for each other. I took these pictures from my living room on Sept. 29, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
A White-breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee and a couple of House Finches were all recent visitors to the bird feeder. These small birds are cute, smart, interesting, and very sweet birds. I so enjoy seeing these little guys. The Carolina Chickadee is the one with the black mask and bib. The gray one with the top-knot is the Tufted Titmouse, the brown streaky birds with slight red tinges are male House Finches, and the torpedo-shaped gray and black and white bird with the slender bill is the White-breasted Nuthatch. All like the Black Oil Sunflower seeds. The finches also really go for the Millet seed. I took these pictures on September 12, 2012 and again on September 13, 2012 in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
This Tufted Titmouse was one of several Tufted Titmice that come to the bird feeder next to my porch on a regular basis. Surprisingly to me, the Tufted Titmouse was not terribly shy. They are very appealing birds with grey feathers, a top-knot crest, big black eyes and a musical set of calls and song whistles. They fly in company with the Carolina Chickadees and the House Finches. I have been seeing a lot of the small birds around in the past week. I took these pictures from my yard yesterday afternoon. I hid behind the car to get the shots but did take a couple from out in the open yard. The birds are enjoying the wetter weather we now are having and so am I! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
A Tufted Titmouse
Yesterday a male House Finch and a Tufted Titmouse both came to visit the bird feeder along with a few Red-winged Blackbirds, a White-breasted Nuthatch, and a pair of Northern Cardinals. The only ones I was able to photograph were the House Finch and the Tufted Titmouse. It has been quite hot here recently so the birds enjoy the area where the feeder is located as it is shaded in the late afternoon. I took these pictures from my living room window and also from the yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
A male House Finch
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!
I took these pictures here in my yard in the last two days. I am always amazed at the big variety of different birds, ducks and small animals that come around. I even had this mysterious kitty that is hopefully a neighbor’s wayward pet. I also saw a Cotton-Tailed Rabbit on the street just in front of the driveway.
The Wood Ducks were lounging on the opposite shoreline near the dam. The Eastern Chipmunk was sneaking up on the porch looking for bird seed treats. I saw an American Robin sitting on a fence post. There even was a Chipping Sparrow on the bird feeder and also a Tufted Titmouse. The Red-Headed Woodpecker and the White-Breasted Nuthatch made themselves known, too! I had a great time looking at all the wildlife! Both of the days I took these pictures on had short, on and off rains. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
The porch rail, small tree, and the feeder pole all were places where the two Tufted Titmice perched on March 7, 2012 and again on March 10, 2012. They are daily visitors to the bird feeder that is just under my porch. These petite grey and buff-colored birds are fun to watch up close. One was sitting on the top of a porch chair and posed for the camera. I took all of these pictures from my living room window though the screen and the porch railing. It is too hard to take pictures outdoors of the birds on the feeder unless i am far away and am quite lucky. I noticed the little Tufted Titmouse in an old fruit tree at the Southern edge of my property near my driveway.