One of the more energetic birds that frequent my backyard is the Tufted Titmouse. This bird is a bit larger than the Chickadee but smaller than the Cardinal. These birds have grey upperparts and white underparts with a white face, a grey crest, a dark forehead and a short stout bill; they have rust-colored flanks. Both male and female look alike. They eat insects, berries or seeds. They are more shy when seen at bird feeders; their normal pattern there is to scout the feeder from the cover of trees or bushes, fly to the feeder, take a seed, and fly back to cover to eat it. They collect seeds for later consumption too.
I’ve seen the Tufted Titmouse stay local and not migrate for several years.
Text and photographs © HJ Ruiz – Avian101