Tufted Titmouse Fledgling In My Backyard

By | May 17, 2017

I saw this Tufted Titmouse fledgling leave one of my birdhouses yesterday. I was lucky that I saw it. I was sitting about 50 steps away near my porch photographing the birds coming to one of my bird feeders. I got a glimpse of a bird flying from the bird house and landing on a pine tree nearby. I went over to investigate and discovered it was a Tufted Titmouse fledgling. I took a few quick photos and then left the area. I could hear an adult Tufted Titmouse nearby and I didn’t want to upset it.

I knew the Tufted Titmouse were nesting in one of my birdhouses. This is the first year that they have. I have had Eastern Bluebirds in my birdhouses from the very first time I put them up. Maybe the Tufted Titmouse will continue to do so.

Tufted Titmouse Fledgling Photo

Tufted Titmouse Fledgling – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 Lens | @400mm | 1/125 | f/6.3 | ISO 800

Tufted Titmouse Facts

  • Tufted titmice nest in a hole in a tree, either a natural cavity, a man-made nest box, or sometimes an old woodpecker nest.
  • These species’ dependence on dead wood for their homes is one reason it’s important to allow dead trees to remain in forests rather than cutting them down.
  • They line the nest with soft materials, sometimes plucking hair from a live animal such as a dog.
  • Their eggs are under an inch long and are white or cream-colored with brownish or purplish spots.
  • Sometimes, a bird born the year before remains to help its parents raise the next year’s young.
  • Tufted Titmice live in deciduous woods or mixed evergreen-deciduous woods, typically in areas with a dense canopy and many tree species.
  • These birds’ range has expanded northward over the last half-century. Possible reasons for the range expansion include a warming climate, reversion of farmlands to forests, and the growing popularity of backyard bird feeders.
Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.

3 thoughts on “Tufted Titmouse Fledgling In My Backyard

  1. Greg Topp

    Steve,
    Thanks for the information. I leave all my dead trees stand unless they might affect a structure or powerline.
    Greg T.
    Hayward, Wi

    Reply
  2. Bonnie Bishop

    Adorable! Excellent opportunity glad you followed the little guy!

    Reply

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