This little guy is one of my favorite birds. The first time I noticed one I thought it was some kind of small cardinal, primarily because of the shape of its head with the tuft on top.
The tufted titmouse is a soft gray color with a white belly that has a touch of rust right under its wings. The adult has a black mark right above its beak. It is a member of the Titmouse family which also includes variations of the chickadee. According to Peterson’s Field Guide to the Birds East of the Rockies, members of this family are “acrobatic when feeding” and the “sexes are usually alike.”
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