This Morning Outside
Crest of the Tufted Titmouse
Top-of-the-head feathers tell you how a Tufted Titmouse feels. This is a sociable litte bird, one that commnicates constantly with its family, flock, and, well, others.
When it's chipper, feeling dominant or at least confident, the crown feathers spring straight up. Often the bird raises and almost quivers its crest as it vocalizes.
On the other hand, if it feels submissive or scared, the bird sleeks them down. Almost as if to say, Don't pay any attention to me. I'm not even here.
On this crystal-snow morning, the little flock of titmice in the redbud tree had their crests up. They must have felt fabulous.
— Diane Porter, Fairfield, Iowa, January 17, 2022