Tuesday, November 11, 2008

No love from the Tufted Titmouse

The tufted titmouse bird is driving me crazy! From what I've read - they are suppose to be one of the easiest birds to tame to feed out of your hands. Instead - all I hear is noisy protests (which sounds like a duck being strangled) and flight so fast that I think a stealth jet went flying by my head! Don't they see the chickadees are accepting me? But I have patience....and winter is just beginning.


18 comments:

Eve said...

Ha Ha!! Keep it up Shelley I have faith in you and your feathered friends!

Daisy said...

This post gave me a good laugh, Shelly! Stick with it, I bet they will come around. :D

The Birdlady said...

Keep trying - they'll do it! Beautiful photo.

Denise said...

That is true, they sound like a duck being stangled. I'd never had a name for it before, now I do. I'm going to stop and pick up some meal worms on the way up north, hopefully I'll get some pics

Deborah Godin said...

I love these little guys, too, but haven't had any at my feeders yet. Do keep us posted (literally - lol!) on your progress with them.

NCmountainwoman said...

Our titmice are skittish as well. They don't even like for us to be on the deck when they go to the feeders, but will sit and scold us. Good luck. Great photograph.

fishing guy said...

Shelly: What a really neat photo against the snow. Is it singing beautifully or do they only do that to call a mate.

HANNIBAL said...

I believe!!!!!! You will win their hearts, and just hearing that you are attempting it makes me envious! I just love them and their personalities!

Bird Girl said...

A great shot, though! Don't give up!

Jenny said...

Hi Shelley, Fabulous photo! The only bird I ever got to feed out of my hand was one of our English Robins, but they are alot more confiding than your Tufted Titmouse by the sounds of it. Good luck and as debbie said, please keep us posted. (-:

jalynn01 said...

I think the secret is to be outside and visible a lot of the time so they can get used to your presence, and talk to them. My friend does that and has the best luck with getting birds close. Yours is a cute little fella! Mine are really skittish too!

wendy said...

Oh my gosh!!! That is the most adorable picture!

Tina said...

Keep trying and keep us posted on your attempts and hopefully victories!!

Leedra said...

Well, at least yours will let you photograph him with his top hat UP! It trully is a great photo. If it was mine I would be putting it in one of my Christmas Cards.

MicheleRF said...

Have you tried pishing? That (and letting them get used to you) works for me many times. Pishing, if you aren't familiar, involves making noises similar to theirs. Here's a link about it: http://www.pacifier.com/~mpatters/bird/pishing/pishing.html
Give it a try and let us know if it works!

Jayne said...

That's a great photo of the titmouse Shelley! :c) They are fast little buggers, aren't they?

Knatolee said...

I would love to see a titmouse! You're so lucky. I hope they warm up to you soon.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Silly little Tufted!!!!! You need to teach him a thing or two!!!! ha