Sunday, April 3, 2022

Tufted Titmouse Time

Here's a cute little bird that is currently making its voice heard. Tufted titmouse males are singing now to attract mates. Their song is a clear two-note whistle repeated a few times. It's surprisingly loud and ear-catching for a tiny bird. Birdwatchers think it sounds like peter-peter-peter. Click here to listen to a recording from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

The tufted titmouse has a little crest on its head, big dark eyes, and a sporty peach colored patch on the side. They reside year-round in most of the eastern United States where they work as scatter hoarders, collecting seeds to tuck away in numerous small caches for later use. They always seem to be working. With a little time off in spring to just sit and sing. Click to enlarge.


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