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 Tufted Titmouse

Status in Michigan
Fairly Common

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Active Database - Spring 2005
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Tufted Titmouse Archives Reports
Fall 2003 224
Spring 2003 108
Winter 02-03 138
Fall 2002 104
Summer 2002 45
Spring 2002 141
Winter 01-02 128
Fall 2001 83
Summer 2001 46
Spring 2001 100
Winter 00-01 239
Fall 2000 105
Summer 2000 19
Spring 2000 71
Winter 00-99 170
Fall 1999 70
Spring/Summer 1999 6

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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
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Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Official Seasonal Count Summaries for the Tufted Titmouse
Fall 1999-Spring 2002
Tufted Titmouse
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The Birds of Michigan - by: Norman A. Wood
Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75

Parus bicolor Linnaeus
Tufted Titmouse

Resident in the southernmost 2 or 3 tiers of counties. Apparently in- creasing in numbers and spreading northward. Recorded in winter as far north as Ogemaw and Charlevoix counties.

First authoritatively listed for Michigan by Gibbs (1879: 482).

Early Michigan records (see Barrows, 1912: 692-94) agree with Gibbs, cited above, who listed the Tufted Titmouse as an "accidental visitor." Gibbs (1885: 6) reported that it had been observed in Kalamazoo County by Mr. Syke [B. F. Sykes]. On May 12, 1880, Sykes collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) near there, at Almena, eastern Van Buren County, where F. H. Chapin also collected 2 (U.M.M.Z.) on March 6, 1892. Most of the early reports were for winter, but this does not necessarily indicate greater commonness in winter. At Vicksburg, Kalamazoo County, F. W. Rapp (1931: 32) found the Titmouse from October 16 to April 21 only (1896-1930) , but it was common then. Walkinshaw (1941: 120; and notes) listed the species annually in Calhoun County about Battle Creek and Convis Township. In Eckford Township of the same county, F. A. Stuart (1919:94-95) reported a nest box that was occupied by a pair on June 13,1916. In the Ann Arbor region the species was still rather uncommon in 1910 (N. A. "Wood and Tinker, 1910:141), but it has increased in abundance as well as in regularity in all seasons (Koelz, 1923: 40; other data); 10 and 20 are not unusual totals for Christmas-season field trips there (John L. George and Duncan, 1938: 55; Van Tyne, 1940: 108; George and others, 1941: 120). On May 24, 1908, A. D. Tinker (1908: 322-23) noted an adult, apparently feeding either nestlings or a brooding mate, at Ann Arbor; he also found a nest there in June of 1918. Northward, in Hartland Township, Livingston County, several Tufted Titmice are reported on nearly every field trip throughout the year; R. E. Olsen, A. D. Tinker, and others recorded 10 on both May 3, and August 2, 1936. Fred M. Kidd of lonia reported (letter of April 25, 2023) an egg set collected May 13, 1898, on Belle Isle, Wayne County: "I have the record made at the time, and inasmuch as I caught the bird on the nest in the top of a small hollow blue-beach stub there was no mistake. ..." At Detroit E. D. Campbell collected a specimen (U.M.M.Z.) on December 7, 1878, and Swales (1904: 42; 1905: 114; and notes) recorded a few Titmice every year and on January 1, 1903, counted 10 on Belle Isle. The same year (1903) he recorded 1 on March 1 and 1 on April 12, near Atlas, southeastern Genesee County. A northward in- crease and spread of the species is indicated in several reports. Percy Selous noted an individual at Greenville, Montcalm County, on February 23, 2023 (Barrows, 1912: 692-94). Studt (1929o; 116-17) reported that the Tufted Titmouse had become a common fall and winter bird at Pewamo, lonia County, by 1929, and that it had been found singly there in May and June. For 3 late December counts at Pewamo, Studt (1928 : 51; 1929 : 47;1931: 56) reported 5, 3, and 10 birds. The species is present in winter at Marne, Ottawa County (B. W. Baker, 1940a; 13). At Hess Lake, Brook Township, Newaygo County, E. R. Ford has seen it regularly since 1935; he observed an adult feeding a fledgling there on July 3, 1937. Verne Dockham recorded an individual near Prescott, Ogemaw County, in November, 1939. Mrs. F. J. Fessenden of Charlevoix wrote on January 7, 1937: "I am enclosing some [photographic] prints [U.M.M.Z.] as proof of titmice that are here for, I believe, the first time. There only seems to be one coming to feed, but several have been seen at one time, in November [1936]." The banding work of Mrs. Max Short (1933: 159-60) at Way- land, Allegan County, gives some indication of the irregularity of the Tufted Titmouse at any one locality in Michigan.

Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, No. 75
The Birds of Michigan
By: Norman A. Wood
University of Michigan Press
August 28, 2023

Digitized by: Keith F. Saylor
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