Tough and tufted

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Tufted Titmouse, a daily visitor.

When I count them weekly in winter for Project Feederwatch, I only come up with two to four. But I always have a sense there are more of them.

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They like black oil sunflower seeds, peanuts and suet dough.

They don’t hold still for long, so I find I have few photos of them though they are probably the number two most frequent visiting species after chickadees, their Paridae cousins.

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Spunky sprites, they have endured a tough winter.

Tufted Titmice hoard food in fall and winter, a behavior they share with many of their relatives, including the chickadees and tits. Titmice take advantage of a bird feeder’s bounty by storing many of the seeds they get. Usually, the storage sites are within 130 feet of the feeder. The birds take only one seed per trip and usually shell the seeds before hiding them.

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