Tufted titmouse in March

Tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor).


This tufted titmouse came back to the feeders on March 13. Previous photos of tufted titmice at the feeders were taken on February 17. They may have come to the feeders when I wasn’t watching and not taking photos, but I do know that they, and most of the rest of the feeder birds, were absent from the feeders for 2 to 3 weeks during the coldest and snowiest parts of February and March.

Did the flock leave because of the cold or a lack of food. How far away did they go. Is this tufted titmouse a scout for the flock, which includes chickadees, white-breasted nuthatches, and downy woodpeckers. Tufted titmice are known as non-migrators, so they must not have gone far. I hope all the birds in the flock survived the cold and will return to the feeders soon.

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