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 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.