February 02, 2014

HEY!! Turn up the thermostat!

This angry bird is a tufted titmouse and I think he has had enough of winter.
He was at the feeders at the visitor centre at Rondeau Provincial Park.
He seemed to appreciate the peanuts but not the ice.

Baeolophus bicolor
Tufted Titmice hoard food in fall and winter, a behaviour they share with many of their relatives, including the chickadees and tits. Titmice take advantage of a bird feeder’s bounty by storing many of the seeds they get. Usually, the storage sites are within 130 feet of the feeder. The birds take only one seed per trip and usually shell the seeds before hiding them.
The oldest known wild Tufted Titmouse lived to be 13 years 3 months old.

Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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