February starts with a … Tufted Titmouse !!!

Thanks to a tip-off yesterday from a friend we started February this morning with the addition of a rather unexpected bird to the patch list for the year … Tufted Titmouse (#27). We also found a White-throated Sparrow (#28) which was a nice bonus.

Tufted Titmice (or Titmouses .. the jury are still out on that one). Are another pretty uncommon bird in these parts that, like the Carolina Wrens, is starting to be seen more frequently as the climate changes. A few years ago we had one briefly in the garden and then another for about two minutes at the end of last year but they are really uncommon, and especially so on the island. This was especially nice and certainly got February off to good start.

In fact there may even be two of them. We only saw one at a time but are pretty certain that it would exit stage left and then return from stage right and at one point we sure we were watching one and hearing another … anyway, one is all it takes.

Lots of DE Juncoes, another never-departed Red-winged Blackbird, a House Finch in very fine plumage plus all the other regulars in the forest.

And now the photographs that everyone prefers to too many words … also proof of the bird. I am not putting them into a compact gallery this time … just a heap of photos for you. Some of the “lesser” species were at a distance and so are a bit grainy … limits of the technology.

Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse

 

Tufted Titmouse hacking a seed
Tufted Titmouse hacking a seed

 

Before the other birds – let’s look at the environment we found the TUTI in …

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Searching …

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Now – more birds …

 

White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
House Finch
House Finch
Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Simon Duval | | Reply

    Good job and nice pictures! Chris told me today that red-breasted nuthatch is fairly easy to see at the arboretum office’s feeders. Try an evening walk in the Arboretum too and you should be able to find both resident species of owls, the Great horned was calling a couple days ago around 5pm according to Chris.

  2. Richard | | Reply

    Thanks Simon – that’s a good idea. I can usually count on getting the owls up there during the year but if they are calling now then they me to visit them.

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