Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Garden Tuesday - Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse


Until I get a better lens for my camera (which is probably not going to happen until after I win the lottery - which, by the way, lottery people, I am not getting any younger you know), my photos of birds end up looking more like a "Where's Waldo" picture. Can you see him? Do you spot the Tufted Titmouse?

I, of course, had no idea what a Tufted Titmouse was until I looked him up in my Field Guide for Tennessee Birds, which I bought especially for this past weekend's birdcount. I practically fell over in excitement at the thought that I had taken a picture of a Tufted Titmouse. As you can tell, I really like saying Tufted Titmouse and plan on using it profusely in all future conversations.

Tufted Titmouse


He came over to my fence post, as if to say, here will this make taking a picture easier?? My reply, "yes, it does, thanks, but my lens is still bad. You don't by any chance have some sweet numbers for the lottery, do you?"

P.S. If you are a bird guru, and this is not really a tufted titmouse. Please do not burst my bubble, unless it has an even funnier name.

19 comments:

Alex said...

I am so tempted to make up another name for this little bird..but when it comes to it, nothing is funnier than the name 'tufted titmouse' lol
Alex xxx

Joy said...

Thanks, Pam...I needed to smile this morning! And yes, I saw the tufted titmouse in the first picture.

Katherine Aucoin said...

The little bird looks so cute sitting on your fence post - I like the name - it's a name that makes us all giggle when we say it!

doris said...

I'm gonna try to say 'tufted titmouse" five times as fast as I can.

Paula said...

You are so funny! I love the hint directed toward the lottery folks. The little birdie is so cute; I love the alliteration of tufted titmouse ... although I get tongue tied and say tut tiftmouse! I say we all try to incorporate those words into conversation today! :-)

Pam said...

What a name!

joy4life said...

It is indeed a Tufted Titmouse. They are such happy birds, great to have around the place. And many birders just call them Tits, but I never thought that would sound good in a conversation.

Antoinette said...

Aren't you surrounded by middle schoolers all day? Then I wouldn't recommend saying "tufted titmouse" in conversation till after you get home. LOL

Marjie said...

This is a truly awesome name! I'll send lottery wishes your way, along with wishes for more birdies with amusing names. Sorry, but nothing will be funnier than tufted titmouse.

Kat said...

They (tufted titmouse) are one of my favorite little birds. We always have them around too, here in N. AL. I have tons of finches right now. I also have tons of gum tree "balls" with all those tiney little seeds in them that the finches love. Have you ever shaken those gum tree balls? Millions of tiny little seeds come out. And I like to say Chickadee!!

Natashya said...

What a cutie! I don't think we get them this far north.
I have an even lamer camera - just a cheap hand-me-down point and shoot. So don't worry, your shots look great to me!
I am looking forward to the day when I have more control over my shots, like the cool fuzzy background look.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Oh, he is so cute! Or she. Please don't assume I know how to sex a tufted titmouse - you'll be sorely disappointed.

Pearl said...

what a cutie bird.

Susan said...

So third grade fun - just saying the name makes me smile :) but I couldn't even say it two times fast (good idea, Doris). For some reason I always thought they would look like sparrows. Why, I have no idea.

Joy said...

They're very cute! They'll hold one sunflower seed between their feet while they stand on a branch and peck peck peck at it until they can get to the goodness inside.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

What beautiful photos!

E Mama said...

That would get the hubby's attention:
"Hey honey come look at this Titmouse!"

Shanster said...

Hooray for your Titmouse! I didn't get anything as fun.. tho I do have a Western Scrub Jay hanging around and I like him (or her) quite a bit. :)

Pepperberry Keepsakes said...

I spoted the little guy right away in your first pic. I live in Wisconsin and we get Tufted Titmice here. I think they are cute as can be. I love looking out the window and catching one at play. Thanks for sharing.