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!


Comments

You Might Also Like:

Joshua Tree Woodlands: A Tale of Sloths, Moths and the Trees that Need Them

American Coots & Baby... Cootlings?

Gardens Gone Native: A Native Plant Garden Tour in the Sacramento Valley

Exploring New Places: South Carolina's Salt Marshes and Tidal Creeks

A Shorebird Primer: Godwits, Curlews, Willets and Whimbrels

Plant Life of the Colorado Desert