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Tufted Titmouse and the fall

Posted on Oct 7, 2013

The air may not feel like autumn as we have had much above-average temperatures during the first week of October. However,  the leaves look like the fall season is here. The Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) is a common forest and feeder species spreading north and increasing in number.


This is true throughout much of its range and is likely due to a combination of factors including rising global temperatures, especially in these parts of the United States, increased numbers of bird feeders and people feeding birds throughout the winter, and habitat change including the regrowth of forests in previously agricultural areas. It likely also includes the expansion of human development and suburban areas for a species that adapts well to these modifications.

Did you know the Tufted Titmouse also has irruption years? Many moved south last fall with groups of sometimes dozens of individuals recorded – has anyone seen this in 2013? We have not but we will be watching.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator

Photo © Scott Kruitbosch