Yesterday I shared some images of the busy and energetic White-breasted Nuthatch that frequents my yard. Today I want to showcase the Tufted Titmouse, another common backyard visitor here in Arkansas.

Mealtime for Baby Birds - Tufted Titmouse with Food

Mealtime for Baby Birds – Tufted Titmouse with Food

These five photos were all taken right from my backyard deck, near a suet feeder I keep stocked. The Tufted Titmouse is a regular there, and isn’t shy about coming close to grab a bite.

Like the nuthatch, the Tufted Titmouse is a year-round resident here in Arkansas. They have distinctive plumage – gray on top and peach-colored on the underside, with a bold black forehead and tufted gray crest that gives them their name. They use their strong beaks to crack open seeds and nuts.

The Titmouse is very active and acrobatic, often hanging upside down as it forages. It has a loud, ringing “peter-peter-peter” call that carries through the trees. I love having my camera ready to capture their antics near the feeders.

Getting good bird photos right in my own backyard has been incredibly rewarding. I hope you enjoy this look at the Tufted Titmouse, one of my favorite backyard visitors here in Arkansas. Let me know in the comments if you’ve photographed any Titmice near your home! I’ll be sharing more backyard bird images soon.