One of the reasons so many people enjoy gardening as a hobby is to attract wildlife. All sorts of wildlife can enjoy you gardening from the butterflies and bees to the deer, but few kinds of wildlife are easier to attract than the birds. One of our most frequent fliers is the tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor).
This mouse gray bird with faint brownish orange tints is a very common visitor to many gardens. The titmouse is in the same family as chickadees, Paridae. This little one comes to our feeders every day. The male and female titmice look alike and tend to stay in pairs rather than join flocks.
Tufted titmice like to eat insects and seeds and will remove insects from bark and foliage. They sound like useful feathered friends to me!