Tufted Titmouse Eating a Sunflower Seed

One of the more interesting things we’ve been able to witness as far as the bird watching goes is the different habits of the individual species. While the Finches are happy to sit on a bird feeder perch and eat, other birds such as the Tufted Titmouse will take a seed and fly somewhere else to crack it open and eat the insides.

The other day, we were fortunate enough to capture this routine with the camera. It’s really quite fascinating!

NIKON D200 @ 300mm — ¹/125 sec, ƒ/5.6, ISO 100 | zoom in
Tufted Titmouse Holding a Seed
NIKON D200 @ 300mm — ¹/125 sec, ƒ/5.6, ISO 100 | zoom in
Tufted Titmouse Cracking Seed
NIKON D200 @ 300mm — ¹/125 sec, ƒ/5.6, ISO 100 | zoom in
Tufted Titmouse Eating the Rewards

In looking at the photos, you can really see how the feet are used to anchor the seed while the bird pecks at it. The whole event took less than 5 seconds (yay for the high speed frame rate of the Nikon D200). Overall, these birds are very efficient! After completing this task, we watched it return to the feeder a few more times, each time selecting one seed and disappearing to eat it.