A Visit From a Pair of Oak Titmice
The gray, stormy days of January have been livened up lately by the continued presence of a pair of Oak Titmice that have been hanging out around our yard and frequenting our birdfeeders. I wrote about these feisty little mites of the oak woodlands a few years ago, but only recently have they shown up in our neighborhood.
While some describe them as plain or drab, I think Oak Titmice are endearing - and full of lively energy! This pair is routinely seen nabbing sunflower seeds from our feeders before flying off to perch in a tree or shrub where they hold the seed between their feet and hammer it open with their stout bills.
I suspect these two little birds were drawn to our neighborhood by an abundance of mistletoe in a nearby ash tree - and enticed to stay by the steady supply of sunflower seeds in our feeders! In any case, they are a delight to watch and a welcome addition to the usual sparrows, finches and doves that call our yard home.
Hopefully they stick around for a while!! A yard with titmice - or any type of chickadee or chickadee-relative - is never boring!