Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tufted Titmouse sitting pretty...

Sunday afternoon the snow was fresh along the Little Miami River and covered the hillsides and paths along the way. Winter birds were all around, their calls softly filtering through the branches, muffled as they carried across the snow. At one point, I looked up and saw this lone Tufted Titmouse perched on the end of a small branch. He was tucked in among lacy shadows, catching a sun ray every now and then...perfectly mirroring the beauty and stillness of winter.

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) in the cold of winter.
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) mirrors the stillness of winter.
A Tufted Titmouse along the Little Miami River shows a touch of winter's magic.
A Tufted Titmouse along the Little Miami River shows a touch of winter's magic.

25 comments:

Montanagirl said...

Such pretty shots of the little guy! We have minus 39 degrees this morning. Brrrrr!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Kelly, Great pictures of that precious little bird. Hope you all escape the latest big storm--especially the ice... We are fine here---expecting rain and wind, but nothing severe.

Take care and stay safe.
Hugs,
Betsy

Sue said...

What a sweetie. I've always enjoyed seeing them.....

Laure Ferlita said...

Beautiful, Kelly, the words and the shots.

Stay safe with that storm barreling your way.

Warren Baker said...

Worth a trip into the cold to see that little fella Kelly :-)

PS just started reading about the Penguins :-)

Out on the prairie said...

I just posted a few shots of this flitty little bird. Lovely colors and fun to watch.

Janice K said...

Very pretty.....and are those green shoots I see on those branches? Dispite the coming blizzard, there is hope for Spring!!!

grammie g said...

HI Kelly.. What cutie's they are :}}
Good photo of it!!
Bird's are busy here it is snowing and this is just a small storm before getting the big storm off tomorrow!! 12 inches or more ..how about you??

Jeni said...

Not only do I see a great bird shot, I also see new green growth on those tree branches!! Spring is coming !

Frank said...

Excellently composed Kelly. I don't often use the word but definitely 'cute'. Obviously the snow is not stopping you from getting out with the local wildlife.

Roy said...

Nice shots, Kelly. I've heard some far away in the trees on my route to downtown Shippensburg, but I haven't actually seen any yet.

Roy said...

This is one of those occasions Kelly when a small subject sits within a large photograph and looks fantastic. The third one in particular is so good and the colour of the background and the bird coordinates so well. Brilliant

Steve Borichevsky said...

Nice Pix, I have a difficult time getting good pictures of Titmice. The are shy here. Wonderful images.

Wanda..... said...

Lovely photo, you capture his soft downy fluff so well!

Caroline said...

How sweet that little bird is! Lovely shots - very pretty.

Chad said...

Gorgeous pictures of a gorgeous bird!

Elaine said...

Beautiful photos! I have a feeling these will be inspiration for a painting.

holdingmoments said...

What a little beauty he is Kelly.
Lovely shots.

Jayne said...

So pretty... I'd bet he ends up being a watercolor? :c)

Kerri said...

Gorgeous!

Carol Mattingly said...

So graceful looking. Carol

Kelly said...

...thank you! It's funny how "feeder" birds in the wild look so different than when they are at the feeders. I love titmice wherever they are, but seeing him sitting there in the cold...alone on the branch was spectacular.

Sarah Knight said...

Oh, what an adorable bird! The light & color are wonderful in all those shots!

Marvin said...

Beautiful shots of the titmouse. We don't seem to have as many of them as usual this winter.

Mary said...

Perfect! They always move so fast and won't sit still for me. These are beautiful!