Photograph taking by Amalia Jonas
The cold comes and Canadian geese are flying south
The Tufted Titmouse is an active and noisy
The male and female Tufted Titmouse look alike
with gray upper body and lighter gray or
white belly and breasts.
The Tufted Titmouses body are rust or chestnut-colored.
Both sexes have a small crest of gray
feathers sticking up their head a distinctive
characteristic of the Tufted Titmouse.
The Tufted Titmouse forehead is black and the area around their eyes is light gray.
The black ring surrounding their eyes makes their eyes look somewhat
large for tiny birds like them.
The Tufted Titmouse has a short but very
powerful black bill that it uses to crack open seeds and snail
The Tufted Titmouse likes to build its nests in swampy and moist forests.
The Titmouse builds its nest in tree holes using a variety of materials that include dead
leaves, moss, bark strips, grass, hair, fur, feathers, string, cloth, and snakeskin.
Breeding normally begins late March or early April after the nest has been completed
by both the female and male Titmouse,.
Tufted Titmice want their nests mounted up high like 32 to 36 feet above the ground,
Titmice will build nests in various types of trees including elms, maples, oaks,
pines, and beech, both parents look after their young.
As the young birds get older, the female goes out more often to help her partner look for food,
covering the nest partially with nesting material.
Tufted Titmice mate for life once they have chosen their partner. The Tufted Titmouse feeds on seeds
and insects although the bulk of its diet is made up of seeds like oak and
beech mast, pine seeds and fruit like blueberry, blackberry, mulberry, bayberry,
Virginia creeper, and hlackberry. Titmice do not eat their food all at once but bury
them in crevices on the tree bark or on the ground.
The Tufted Titmouse is a very lively and vivacious bird that is not shy at all to interact with human beings.
These birds are also known to be so intelligent that they are able to easily
enter a trapped nest, get the food inside, then work
their way out of the trap with hardly any time lost searching for the exit.