Photo of the Day: Tufted Titmouse

by John Briggs on November 5, 2010

in Bird Photographs, Blog, Maine Birds, Photo of the Day, Wildlife

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.

Tufted Titmouse - Baeolophus bicolor

Tufted Titmouse - Baeolophus bicolor

Happy birding!



Joan November 5, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Great photo. The tufted titmouse is always waiting when I fill up the feeder.
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Linda November 5, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I enjoyed your story with the lovely titmouse along with it! Beautiful photograph, as I love your composition and the sharp detail in his talons! I am also photographing in Maine.
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docforestal November 5, 2010 at 5:30 pm

wonderful shot. I love these guys but they flit away so quick after taking a seed. Hope school is going well!


Sharon November 5, 2010 at 6:42 pm

I didn't know that, about it being a rare sighting in Maine at one time. Interesting!

It's always cute how they all come flocking in together to the peanut feeder, all singing their na, na, na call at once. Sweetest little things! Right up there with Chickadees and Nuthatches.

@birdoculars November 6, 2010 at 9:48 am

These are easily one of my favorite year-long residents in my backyard. The way they fuss at each other and with their chickadee buddies is hilarious. Plus, they're great hand feeding candidates. Great shot.

Larry November 7, 2010 at 11:49 am

They are such distinguished looking birds with their crests and bug-eyed look. Interesting how some birds that were raree sightings in a region are now common. It makes you wonder what the next interesting species to expand north will be.

nobbiecat November 8, 2010 at 9:31 am

Howdee John..
Bright eyed shot of the Titmouse. I didnt realize that they are fairly new to Maine. My sister and I also use pine cones to make suet-peanut and seed mixtures ..we give them as Christmas gifts to our families who love to feed the birds…
Have a wonderful Fall and Winter..stay warm.
we head south soon…:)

Amateur Birder November 8, 2010 at 10:30 am

What a wonderful photo…my property has been full of the smaller birds these days….like you it gives me great pleasure to just listen and watch.

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