Thursday, January 5, 2017

Tufted Titmouse

You don’t see too many Tufted Titmice in our part of Minnesota. Yesterday Erika and I counted birds for the Red Wing, Minnesota, Christmas Bird Count. We knew these birds hang out at a Frontenac feeder, and we did see one at that location. This photo is of a second bird we spotted a few miles west of Frontenac. Temperatures were at zero, and the wind chill was -23. No wonder the titmouse seems a bit fluffed up. Titmice in Minnesota are kind of surprising. This species tends to be sedentary. During the last 70 years, the range of titmice has expended northward. This movement may be due to post-breeding dispersal, global warming (although this phenomenon was in scant evidence on this day), and/or bird local feeders.

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