The tiny dark-eyed juncos that spent all summer in the Far North are back now, hopping around in the leaf litter, picking up the safflower seeds the tufted titmice
push out of the feeder in their search for the sunflower seeds they prefer.
The 2016 study focused on song birds such as Eastern Bluebirds, House Wrens, Carolina Wrens, Carolina Chickadees and Tufted Titmice
. Song birds are "cavity nesters" that readily accept nesting boxes.
In this way, woodpeckers play a crucial role in providing nesting opportunities for other cavity-nesting birds such as eastern screech-owls, eastern bluebirds, the stunningly beautiful prothonotary warblers, black-capped chickadees, tufted titmice
, white-breasted nuthatches, and great-crested flycatchers.
"Mixed winter flocks of our resident Carolina chickadees and tufted titmice
, joined by overwintering kinglets and more, always amuse me with their noisy defiance of an otherwise quiet winter woods," Mason says with a smile.
In general, Tufted Titmice
have paler, greener crests, darker, bluer foreheads.
, another southern species, also thrive here now.
As sparrow hawks continue to hunt for winter mice, the earliest of the permanent resident birds, the tufted titmice
, begin mating calls.
Declining and not rebounding were American crows, American robins, Eastern bluebirds, black-capped chickadees, Carolina chickadees, and tufted titmice
, she and her colleagues report in the June 7 Nature.--S.M.
After exposure, clinical disease was seen in all 4 species from the family Fringillidae and in eastern tufted titmice
Chickadees, tufted titmice
, blue jays, cardinals, sparrows, juncos and red-headed woodpeckers all come to feast on the scrumptious mixture of seeds, nuts and cracked corn I put out for them.