Tufted Titmouse

A most attractive and affable bird.

Tufted Titmice are some of the cutest, most personable birds around. Their fairly plain coloration belies their personalities. These acrobatic birds are welcome at any backyard bird feeder. You can often hear them coming before you see them. Their variety of clarion calls are music to my ears. They whistle and call in a variety of ways, sometimes sounding as if they are scolding. Tufted Titmice are often accompanied by the local Chickadee patch.

Seen across much of the eastern United States, these active birds devour black oil sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, and peanuts. They are fun to watch and seldom sit still. I felt fortunate to be able to snap this profile of this Tufted Titmouse. It enables you to see all the bird’s identifying features: its stubby black bill, black forehead, pointy crest, its dominant gray color with rusty sides. The bird’s beady black eyes against its pale face make it easy to see where it gets its name.

“Tufted Titmouse” is my Photo of the Week.

© Bruce Stambaugh 2021

Author: Bruce Stambaugh

Writer, marketer, columnist, author, photographer, birder, walker, hiker, husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, township trustee, converted Anabaptist, community activist, my life is crammed with all things people and nature and wonder. My late father gave me this penchant for giving and getting the most out of life, my late mother the courtesy, kindness, and creativity to see the joy in life. They both taught me to cherish the people I am with. I try and fail and try again.

8 thoughts on “Tufted Titmouse”

  1. I’ve not seen a titmouse yet but yesterday, I saw my first nuthatch at my feeders. After 2 days of 40+ degrees, I feel like spring is coming and more birds too. Happy Tuesday!

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  2. Your photos and writing are most enjoyable……Now, if you could just share a little REAL “old-fashioned Ohio winter” with us! What we have had in The ‘Burg in February was beautiful; but what we have now are brown-capped heaps here and there! Thanks again for your column – and especially now, for giving us photos of snow.

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  3. They are really cute and curious little birds, but can really work themselves up into a big frenzy! I often play a short Titmouse call and they come flying in from all over. Good thing is their ruckus will then attract other birds. So they are quite useful in birding!

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