The view from my perch on the mountain

Tufted Titmouse

The undisputed Boss of Burd Town, the Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) is always the first to arrive at the feeders.


They are loud and fearless, often landing within 5 or 6 feet when I’m filling the feeders and never shy about telling me to hurry up and get out of the way. On several occasions I’ve seen several of them gang up to chase a much larger Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) away from the feeders.


I shot these frames from less than 10 feet while standing on the picnic table behind the house. This little guy tolerated my presence for a while but was soon sounding off at the top of his little lungs.

P.S. Around our house standing on the picnic table to get close to the burds will also cause THE BOSS to yell “If you fall off and break your neck I’m not driving you to the hospital, you big dummy!” More on that here.


5 responses

  1. Chip, Really enjoyed the photographs and text. As ever be well

    December 1, 2011 at 6:06 PM

  2. Fantastic photos of one of my favorite birds. The things we do to get those great photographs!

    December 1, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    • I hit return to quick! Thanks for the great photos as always!

      December 1, 2011 at 7:49 PM

  3. It looks so funny and cute, but there is some expression in its eye … wonderful pictures, Chip.

    December 2, 2011 at 2:17 AM

  4. Ha, when we visit our fav birdwatching place a couple of states North of you, his cousin is usually first as well.

    December 2, 2011 at 9:56 AM

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