The feeders in the Ramble in Central Park are fully stocked and going strong again this winter. In addition to the expected species, both Pine Siskins and a Common Redpoll have been reported. But on a visit to the park on Saturday morning I was most surprised by the sheer number of Tufted Titmice.

Tufted Titmouse (click it to make it big)

I don’t ever remember seeing so many Tufted Titmice in the park and the number around the feeders was really impressive. They particularly seemed to like the coconut feeder and though it could only handle one bird at a time it was rare that a bird was able to land, get a seed, and take off without being harassed by another bird. Those must have been some seriously good sunflower seeds!

Sadly, not every titmouse was very good at figuring out how to get to the sunflower seeds that they all so wanted.

I’m so close!

I spent a lot of time trying to get good shots of the birds in flight as they approached or left the feeder with mostly poor results. Some were alright though.

Mostly, though, I just watched, photographed, and enjoyed this common species.

Get out there and enjoy your common birds!

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.