Tufted Titmouse 10/21/18

A friendly little gray bird with a perky crest, rusty flanks, large black eyes, and a black forehead (adults only). There are 5 Titmouse species, all in North America, 4 of them out west but just the Tufted Titmouse in the east. They don’t migrate and pairs remain in their territories year round. In the fall and winter they often flock up with their chickadee cousins, along with nuthatches and woodpeckers, to form a cheerful neighborhood gang, together visiting feeders for seeds and suet. They are curious but wary, taking one seed at a time then seeking cover to shell it, and often stashing the kernel under some tree bark for a rainy day snack. Like many little birds in winter, they seek cavities at night and in bad weather for shelter. Sexes are alike.

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