Tufted Titmouse – Baeolophus bicolor
One of my favorite backyard birds, the Tufted Titmouse never fails to bring a smile to my face when visiting our feeders. Twenty years ago, it was a rare sight to see a Tufted Titmouse in Maine. But over the last 25 years, their northward expansion has brought these beautiful birds to feeders throughout most of the state. Other species that are experiencing a northward expansion into Maine are the Northern Cardinal, Northern Mockingbird, and the Red-bellied Woodpecker.
Tufted Titmice are regular visitors at winter feeders, where they prefer peanut hearts and sunflower seeds. You can also attract this bird by smearing suet or peanut butter directly onto tree trunks or branches, or by hanging a suet feeder. A favorite at our feeding stations during the winter months are large pine cones smeared with peanut butter and rolled in bird seed. We then hang the pine cones from the feeder pole arms. After we are finished with our Christmas tree, we place it in the backyard near the feeders and attach the cone-treats to the tree. The tree also provides shelter during winter storms and during the long, cold nights. After Christmas Day, most tree sellers will sell you a tree that was left over for a few dollars.
All photos taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click a thumbnail for a full-sized view.