Sunday, January 29, 2012

He can wipe away the grey!

Walking the woods along the Little Miami river today was less than inspirational (at first). It was so grey, it felt like the color could swallow you whole. Thank goodness this little guy came along peeping his happy song. His shade of grey is always welcome!!

Gray on gray...Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) in the winter
A Tufted Titmouse's peeping song cuts through the grey woods with cheer!

Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)
I like grey when it has feathers...

A sweet Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) peeps his happy song on a cold day
...keep on peeping Beaolophus bicolor!


p.s. Bird profile shots are always great references for artists. Feel free to use these photographs to help you sketch, draw, or paint a cute tufted titmouse! 

33 comments:

KaHolly said...

"I like gray when it has wings"....well put!! They are a fun little bird, aren't they?

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Aren't they just the sweetest birds, Kelly? I love them and their little song... Since we are having such a mild winter here, our birds are singing NOW like it's spring... AND--they are getting 'frisky'... ha

Cute pictures.
Hugs,
Betsy

TexWisGirl said...

they're just gorgeous little bits of joy. :)

Elva Paulson said...

He is so sweet!

Sue said...

We have two that visit my feeders and I'm just so happy to have them. They look so sweet.
I wish I knew how you got yours to sit still--mine are so hyper! LOL!

Dave said...

Little gray birds are much nicer than big gray skies!

Dan Huber said...

Nothing like birdsong and hopping about to warm one's spirits.

holdingmoments said...

What a little beauty he is Kelly.
Great captures.

Bob Bushell said...

Yes it's beautiful, brilliant photos too.

Roy said...

Such a sweet little bird and lovely shots you have taken Kelly.

Grizz………… said...

Titmouse, chickadee, nuthatch…three cheerful, "talkative" little gray birds that brighten up any winter! And in their way, their color is as warm as that of any cardinal's.

Robert Mortensen said...

I hope all you birders on the eastern half of North America don't take the Tufted Titmouse for granted. I really enjoyed the abundance of them during my time in the east.

grammie g said...

Hi Kelly....the most wonderful sound in my backyard and as fun to watch...there eyes are what get me everytime!!
These are lovely shots: }}}
Grace

Guy said...

Hi Kelly

A nice poem and a lovely bird. I have never seen a Titmouse but they look like real charmers. It is nice to still have some small birds even in the winter.

Regards
Guy

Kathy A. Johnson said...

We have lots of these little guys in our yard--they are very entertaining. A little too much so, sometimes, as they can see their reflection in our son's bedroom window and they attack it! We've had to remove his screen because they've poked holes in it!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Lovely post. A nice way to elevate the gray!

Dual said...

Great Shots

Gillian Olson said...

Great shots, what a gorgeous little fellow. I agree, I like grey when it has feathers too!

Midmarsh John said...

A lovely little bird - enough to cheer up the greyest of days.

Lois said...

That's a nice coincidence. I just spotted California's plain titmouse at the park tosay. The whole place was full of birds. Spring

Wanda..... said...

The titmouse must be happy with our warm temps..I saw Bluebirds in the woods today, Kelly!

Banjo52 said...

I agree. Ditto for the nuthatch and junco. Sometimes flashy colors, though welcome, just aren't necessary.

DeanO said...

How beautiful and delicate!

Elaine said...

What a little beauty!

Wren said...

The context makes all the difference in the effect gray has on our moods, doesn't it? Although I'd still like some blue skies, one of these little guys can lift my spirits, too.

Montanagirl said...

Fabulous photos that little guy. Love the poem too!

ShySongbird said...

Hi Kelly, it's good to catch up with you :-)

It is such a pretty little bird and you have captured it beautifully.

Chris said...

Yeh he will also be my sunray if he was to arrive over here... It is a so beautiful bird that I guess you feel kind of happy when you get a picture of it. Yours are wonderful. Well done Kelly.
I even went on a website to hear his song ;-)

Mary said...

Love him! They always appear to be happy and smiling. so cute.

Kelly said...

...thanks, everyone! We actually had some sunshine today, and even stranger....it was over 60 degrees. If you live anywhere in the midwest, you probably had similar weather. I'll take it. Soon it will be cold and gray again....just as long as I see a little of this guy's grey all be just fine! :-)

Marco Alpha said...

Hello Kelly,
Fantastic shots of this special bird.
Wonderful to see this one with his amazing colors. Very cute!!

Greetings, Marco

Jann said...

Lovely shots of the titmouse, a bird on my wish list!

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