Tufted Titmouse, Baeolophus bicolor
Tufted Titmouse, Baeolophus bicolor, the small birds with the big eyes!
Their habitat is deciduous and mixed woods as well as gardens, parks and shrub land in the eastern United States, they barely range into southeastern Canada in the Great Lakes region. They are all-year residents in the area effectively circumscribed by the Great Plains, the Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
They forage actively on branches, sometimes on the ground, mainly eating insects, especially caterpillars, but also seeds, nuts and berries. They will store food for later use. They tend to be curious about their human neighbors and can sometimes be spotted on window ledges peering into the windows to watch what’s going on inside. They are more shy when seen at bird feeders; their normal pattern there is to scout the feeder from the cover of trees or bushes, fly to the feeder, take a seed, and fly back to cover to eat it.
Tufted Titmice nest in a hole in a tree, either a natural cavity or sometimes an old woodpecker nest. They line the nest with soft materials, sometimes plucking hair from a live animal such as a dog. If they find shed snake-skin, they will try to incorporate pieces of it in their nest. Their eggs are under an inch long and are white or cream-colored with brownish or purplish spots. Sometimes, a bird born the year before remains to help its parents raise the next year’s young. The pair may remain together and defend their territory year-round. These birds are permanent residents and often join small mixed flocks in winter consisting of chickadees, nuthatches, and many times, woodpeckers.
On to the photos, I only have three recent ones, but I’m sure that I’ll be adding more soon. (Hopefully without the chromatic aberration seen in these)
This is number 29 in my photo life list, only 321 to go!
That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!