The Tufted Titmouse is a bird I see more often in the winter at the bird feeders along with the Chickadees, Nuthatches, and even the Mockingbird. The Tufted Titmouse eats the sunflower seeds picking one up and flying away to devour it and quickly returning to grab another.
As I watch the Tufted Titmouse (and other birds at the feeder) I notice the Titmouse will sit on a branch near the feeder chirping loudly as if telling the other birds to hurry up. The Tufted Titmouse during most of the year can be seen clinging to a tree upside down searching for insects. In the winter is when the Titmouse and other birds change their diet from insects to berries and wild fruits in the wooded areas and gardens of subdivisions and urban areas where they live.
The Tufted Titmouse is slightly larger than the Carolina Chickadee and Nuthatches and the Titmouse has a gray crest and upper body. The feathers are also gray but the underbelly will be a lighter or white with an orangy color just above their legs. They are a very impatient bird and will sometimes land on a feeder ‘scaring’ off the other smaller birds so it can grab its lunch.
Attracting birds to your garden is fun and beneficial (because they eat a lot of insects). The most important word of advice to anyone thinking of feeding the birds- make sure the feeders are up and away so that a cat or other predator cannot easily hunt and capture. You can also garden for the birds too by planting flowers that produce lots of seeds such Coneflowers, Black Eyed Susans, and even Sunflowers. Gardening is not only for humans but for nature.
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