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October 01, 2009


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The Zen Birdfeeder

ScienceGuy - thanks much! A very appreciated comment from an erudite chap like you!
Dawn - well, you're welcome, Ms. Dawn!
Lindsey - too much caffeine..that's a good one!

Lindsey D.

One of my favorite birds of all time! I love how their behaviors come across as if they've had a bit of caffeine. I've also noticed that they can trick me into thinking there are chickadees nearby, one of their alarm calls resembles that of a chickadee (although there usually are chickadees near them).

Also, I do a lot less 'pishing' during titmouse season, because they do it for me.

Dawn Fine

Excellent post with tons of info ..I had no idea about some of these facts..
Thanks Zen!


So many cool animal facts. I love reading posts like these! Thanks!

The Zen Birdfeeder

LNMP - they are feisty, though haven't heard that behavior before. Perhaps one was not well?
Amy - I didn't see them when I was in the midwest either.


Interesting facts! Tufted Titmice are one species I would really love to have visit our feeders, but they are rare in our county.


As cute as they are, I have seen Tufted Titmice get into vicious brawls over (I assume) territory! In one instance, one of the birds was killed by the other. Oddly enough, this occurred during the winter, well before breeding season had started.

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