Farewell to My Tufted Titmouse Family

Over the past couple weeks, I’ve been sharing the journey of a pair of Tufted Titmice that nested in my backyard birdhouse. It’s been incredible watching them build a nest, lay eggs, fend off competitors, and raise a brood of chicks – all through the lens of my camera.

In my post “Tufted Titmouse’s Triumph Over House Sparrows,” I wrote about how the tenacious titmouse pair refused to back down when a few bullying house sparrows tried to take over their nest box. A few days later in “Tufted Titmouse Brings Food For Their Young,” I was excited to document the parents bringing tasty morsels back to their hungry chicks.

One especially memorable post was “Titmouse Baby Struggles to Swallow Large Meal,” where I captured photos of a parent trying unsuccessfully to feed a large moth tail to one of the chicks. The series continued with regular “Tufted Titmouse Nesting Update” posts tracking the growth and development of the babies.

Adult Titmouse Delivers Food to Nestling
Adult Titmouse Delivers Food to Nestling

This morning I arose early to check on the titmouse family, now with feathered nestlings nearing the fledging stage as described in my latest post “Nesting Tufted Titmouse Update: Baby Birds.” The chicks were still snug in their nest when I first peered into the birdhouse. But shortly thereafter, a heavy rainstorm passed through.

When the clouds cleared, I rushed back to the birdhouse hoping to see how the little family weathered the storm. To my surprise, the nest sat empty – the Titmouse chicks had fledged at last! Though I will miss my daily doses of Tufted Titmouse antics, I feel privileged to have witnessed their complete nesting journey through my backyard birdhouse. I wish the little family well as they venture forth into the big world beyond my yard!

Steve Creek
Wildlife Photographer

Equipment Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM

Technical Details: First Photo

  • Location: Lavaca (Arkansas)
  • Date and Time Taken: July 20, 2023 (08:38 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f8
  • Shutter speed: 1/800
  • ISO: 3200 (Auto)
  • Exp. Comp.: +0.3
  • Focal Length: 500 mm

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