Winter birds: Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse facts: The Tufted Titmouse is a regular at backyard bird feeders, especially in winter. They prefer sunflower seeds but will eat suet, peanuts, and other seeds as well. Tufted Titmice hoard food in fall and winter, a behavior they share with many of their relatives, including the chickadees and tits. They store many of the seeds they…

TTT Challenge: Tufted Titmouse and Tiny Tim

Tufted Titmouse What a funny name for such a beautiful little bird.  Tufted titmice are small birds that are found in the eastern United States.  They remain year-round and prefer deciduous wooded areas, gardens, parks and shrub land areas.  Their song is a “peter, peter, peter” whistle. Tiny Tim sings “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” A…

Beauty In the “Dark Days of February”

How many people experience the “dark days of February”? For many years, I taught at a boarding school where every year the headmaster gave his “dark days of February” speech to students. It was during the month of February that students wanted to go home. Academic performance sometimes declined.  Students hated the school; hated the…