Sunday, July 27, 2014

Tufted Titmouse Family

On May 3rd, I posted photos of the female Tufted Titmouse gathering materials for her nest.  Weeks later the fledglings began making their appearance at our bird feeders. These photo groups include both parents and their young from the months of June and early July.

Adult Tufted Titmouse- both sexes of these birds are similar in appearance,
making it difficult for me to distinguish between the two
Juvenile titmouse perched upon a Bougainvillea branch
Another juvenile perched on a shepard's hook, after visiting a feeder- see the tiny seed in its mouth?
Juvenile on left, parent on right. The juvenile was cracking his seed
upon the hard metal surface of the feeder.
The adult tits often swoop in, grab a seed and take off.
Sometimes the seeds are bigger than their tiny beaks.
It's easy to distinguish the juvenile in this pair of images-
just look at the fluffy "tufts" of feathers
Adult titmouse- love the little round head, big black eyes and tiny beak

What a precious little bird family.  They're a pleasure to observe around the feeders and I love their high whistled peter peter peter song.  Often I will hear them before I see them.  They can become quite vocal at times, especially when the family are all together- reminds me of my own family ;)   Have a great Sunday, Everyone!  Thanks for dropping in!





6 comments:

  1. Marvelous photos Susan and such a wonderful post of one of my favorite little birds. Thank you :)

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    1. My pleasure, Denise. Thanks for visiting :)

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  2. Lovely grouping of the Tufted Titmouse. The juveniles are so cute with their characteristic fluffy tufts.

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  3. Wonderful titmouse photos! Thank you for visiting my blog, also!

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