Friday, February 7, 2014

Poser

Since my Tricolored Tuesday series is soon ending, it came to my attention that I had a superfluous number of tufted titmice images. However, I just can't bring myself to start a Tuesday Tits or Titmouse Tuesday series, no matter how tempting. What were they thinking when they named this bird???

The nests of the TT are lined with hair plucked from live animals. Hairs from oposums, raccoons, and mice have been identified, and even human hair. They hoard food during winter, taking one seed at a time, cracking the seeds before hiding them.
Posing atop the hummingbird feeder

Getting a drink





In order to see birds, it is necessary to become part of the silence.
Robert Lynd

58 comments:

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I could say...'precious sweet looking tits'...but I won't. In all seriousness tho, Gail, these images are absolutely wonderful!!

Buttons said...

Oh he/she is so cute. Hug B

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Love that quote and he is a handsome little guy.

Kittie Howard said...

He/She's soooo cute. Love that pointy hairdo with those big eyes!

cobie en bas van Es said...

geweldig wat steekt hij mooi af tegen het rode glas.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

LOL oh Gail this made me laugh. Yes I am afraid that a "Tuesday Tits" might attract the wrong kind of blog traffic :)

R. Mac Wheeler said...

They are sooo adorable.

I would have gone with Titillating Tuesday

hootnonny said...

You are so titnacious! He's a fat little fellow!

Karen said...

One of the cutest birds ever! Looking at these photos makes me smile. They're wonderful and number 4 made me giggle, it's just so darn cute!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Wonderful and my favorite little guy! I toss the hair/fur from the dog grooming brush into the yard in spring. Birds love it for lining their nests. As I have Poms, that's a lot of hair.

Anvilcloud said...

Sometimes, there is some fun on Flickr with British posters who post birds with this as part of their name.

A View From A Brown Dog said...

Please tell me you have a photo contract with a bird watching mag, your work is stunning... I know say that every time I visit you but really it is beyond special. YOU are incredibly talented. Have a great weekend! Jen

TexWisGirl said...

so stinking adorable! titmouse is still better than 'great tit' or 'blue tit' or 'coal tit' like they have in the UK.

DeniseinVA said...

Your photos are prize worthy, this is one of my favorite little birds.

don said...

Excellent close up shots of this pert looking bird. Wonderful detail and color.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

These are wonderful photos. The third is my favorite, but they're all fantastic. The colorful bokeh in the background adds to the images.

You could do TT Tuesdays. People will just think you're stuttering.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

The little titmouse is adorable!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Lol over the name. You got great shots!

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i love that quote. so so true. i am always working on my silence. ( :

Ela said...

What a lovely bird. I love his tip on the head. Wonderful photos !
Have a nice weekend :)

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Oh, Gail! I love all of these photos but especially the distant one with the blurred distant colors in the background. You do such fine work.

You have a swell weekend and never forget we are friends, k? k. ♥

Amy Burzese said...

Yep, I'd stay away from that one. I can just see all the unwanted fans you would get. That's a sweet little thing even though his name is questionable. You always get their little feet.

Kleine Waldameise said...

Was ist das denn für ein süßes Kerlchen? Wie es schaut. So ein niedlicher kleiner Vogel. Danke für die schönen Fotos.

Ein schönes Wochenende wünscht dir
die Waldameise

Andy said...

It must have been a man that gave this bird his name. :)

HOOTIN ANNI said...

ps....as your asked what bird that is in the panoramic view on my post today...
The black birds with the colored beaks...those are Black Skimmers.

...and I will have a great weekend. It's my birthday Sunday, so Bud is taking me out for shrimp.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Mr. Titmouse is GRAND!!

Debbie said...

i have 1000's!! i have been organizing them and i just said to the hubs earlier today, i can't take any more titmouse pictures, i have ENOUGH!!

these are beautiful images, they pose nicely for you. they do for me as well. especially in winter, when food is harder to find!!

Shug said...

Great quote!.how could one not fall in love with how cute this little fella is? Odd name, but who knows....there must have been a reason for giving them such a unique name. Enjoyed...
Blessing

bailey-road.com said...

They are the cutest little birds. Around here, they share water from the hummingbird feeder with the Chickadees.

Melissa said...

That bottom one is my favorite, with the soft background colors.

Barb Brookbank said...

lol, Gail! :) what a sweet little bird! Your images are so sharp - simply beautiful!

eileeninmd said...

The Titmouse is an adorable bird! Wonderful series of photos! Have a happy weekend!

LC said...

Love these different views of this handsome little bird. The third and fourth images show the subject fluffier and not nearly as smooth as they usually appear at our feeders. Is that maybe a strategy to keep warm?

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Whatever title you give it,a series of this bird would be great to see. Have a good weekend.

Evelyn S. said...

I agree with you about the name! This is such a neat series of images.

Indrani said...

These are terrific captures!
Such clear details.

Breathtaking said...

Every image is delightful.The Titmouse is one very cute bird.

Stewart M said...

Nice bird. Do you know there is bird in the UK called the Great Tit! Possibly best not to google that one!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

EG CameraGirl said...

Such sweet little birds, I wish we had them in my neighbourhood!

Brian King said...

Beautiful!

Barbara said...

Great shots. I love the ones of him looking straight on! Too cute! I think we have some in the neighborhood. I think it's time to pop my zoom back on my camera and sit awhile on the front porch...

Hilary said...

Oh I think we know what they were thinking.. the same thing when they named this one. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/blue-footed-booby/

Wonderful photos of this adorable darling... even if its name is.. a.. bust. ;)

Tricia said...

Great shots! That is such a cute little bird. They kind of make me think of cardinals…except the color :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They are the cutest little things in the world, but I guess if you weren't careful you'd attract a lot of the wrong kind of hits from pervs googling certain words! I think the bird was named first actually.

Linda R said...

What a little cutie.. I am still laughing at the name. So nice to be back my friend. I missed seeing your photo.

Hugs~

Mary Hill said...

Gorgeous. I love these pictures and find them so uplifting. ;)

Mary-andering Creatively

Mary-andering Among the Pages

rainfield61 said...

So we need to murmur "Sound of Silence".

Helma said...

Oh how great this tit!!
That I never had the lens itself, let alone seen!
Beautiful images of this tit and what a beautiful bird.
My compliments Gail.

Starla said...

I think you should start an online photography class. Start REALLY, really, REALLY basic so that I can understand.
Wait, did I mention I'd be the first to sign up?!! :)
Your photos always bring me such a calming moment in my hectic life!

Jen said...

I do sometimes wonder how birds got their names. Cute little birds.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

As usual, really great photography! Love the ones where TT seems to be looking directly into the camera! I think you should go with Tuesday Tits, although you might get some unwanted traffic!! :-)

Nora at Island Rambles said...

Wonderful photos, great light, great color and great little bird! And a little info on the bird also. Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog. I really enjoyed it. cheers.

Donna said...

I love TTs and have seen them more this winter. I did not know that about their nests. I have often wondered who named this bird but I expect it was after a similar UK bird.

Aady R said...

What a precious blog with precious birds you have in here Gail! Thank you so much!! I have some birds regularly visiting our balcony. I shall share them soon. Please keep your lovely posts coming!

Linda said...

Hmm, it could be interesting to see what your blog statistics show as far as search terms…

The latin name for this charming bird is "Baeolophus." Kind of a mouthful!

Great photos!

Betty Manousos said...

what a precious post, gail!
love all of these shots.

this totally uplifted my morning!

Mitzi said...

Oh my goodness....what wonderful images! Love that 1st shot though...incredible

catskillblogger said...

That thing about the hair is so weird.