But it sounded like, “So here I am”, with the first note high, the second note low, and the last two rising. In the 1990s, on a visit to Concord, Massachusetts, I was struck by how different the Tufted Titmice sounded from the ones I was used to in New Jersey. Nice article. Until an ornithologist friend pointed me to this web site. (And we have Cardinals too, but I think some of the sounds are Cardinal imitations by a Titmouse, like XC33585 above. [5][7] From 1966 - 2015 the tufted titmouse population has increased by more than 1.5% per year throughout the northeastern U.S., Michigan, and Wisconsin. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I, however, observed mine just east of Rochester NY. I am so glad to have figured it out because I had this daily reminder when I would hear it that I could not ID the bird, which was quite frustrating! . Usually when the weather gets warmer. Someone asked me what it was, saying it sounded like a cell phone ringing. My bird is no way a titmouse, it goes lower than a titmouse’s ter. The song of the tufted titmouse is usually described as a whistled peter-peter-peter, although this song can vary in approximately 20 notable ways. I played a typical Peter Peter Peter song with my Ipad and one of the tutis came over to hear it. Watching him/her sing, whether fluffed, content, full belly, resting on a branch or flitting about only confirms it. Other characteristics include their black foreheads, and the tufted grey crest on their heads. I heard a song that says CHEE woo, CHEE woo. Must be a Michigan accent! The song of the tufted titmouse is usually described as a whistled peter-peter-peter, although this song can vary in approximately 20 notable ways. The song of the tufted titmouse is usually a clear, two-syllable whistle: peter peter peter peter. We call our Tufted Titmouse the Heebie-Jeebie bird in Arkansas. A 3 (occasionally 2 or 4) note song, about 1/2 second between each note, each with the exact same rising tone: “Twee, Twee, Twee”. When I finally saw the bird singing it was a Tufted Titmouse. But today I finally good look at the two-tweet bird and it is definitely a Titmouse. On that visit, there were lots of Titmouse around and they often sang (and counter-sang) their more usual quick series of notes, with all the same qualities as this more unusual song (except the speed of course). He sang his heart out all spring. I have recorded its song and was advised by 2 different birding organizations that it is a “wierd” Tufted Titmouse. Spotted a tufted titmouse in the direction of the sound, but didn’t realize it was my “singer” until I heard the Michigan variation of the call above! Very deliberate, very musical. Trying again: https://www.facebook.com/drazm/videos/vb.1391653387/10206436901746635/?type=2&theater¬if_t=video_processed. First, an absolutely typical song from Arkansas, A variation of the “peter” song from Tennessee, Here is a song nearly identical to the one I recorded in Concord, but a much cleaner recording, from Hampshire, MA, about 70 miles west of Concord. Not until I actually saw the bird while he was calling was I convinced that it was indeed the Tufted Titmouse . It may cling to the windows and walls of buildings seeking prey in wasp and hornet nests. Learn how your comment data is processed. Hi Cori, If you’re hearing different variations that apparently means he’s communicating with other males. My brother has been hearing this “mystery bird” high in the canopy near his home outside of Williamsburg VA. Hasn’t been able to spot the bird visually. Listen for clear, whistled I tracked him down and watched him sing it repeatedly. The tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) is a small songbird from North America, a species in the tit and chickadee family (Paridae). Makes me think Cardinal, but it doesn’t carry on to any other Cardinal variations. Its habitat is deciduous and mixed woods as well as gardens, parks, and shrublands. If the file isn’t to large you can attach it to a message using the “contact” link above. There are lots of regional and individual variations, so I’m not surprised that you’re hearing something different from the few examples linked in this post. [13] Eggs measure under 1 inch (2.5 centimetres) long and are white or cream-colored with brownish or purplish spots. Every morning I hear a song very similar to the last Wisconsin recording – just a slow 5-count trill that starts at a low pitch and ends a little higher. I hope he becomes a regular at my feeder. Now that I know there is such variation in tufted titmice songs, I bet that’s what I’m hearing, as we have them all over the place. My recording from Concord (linked here) is one very distinctive variation, but there are many others. Ive heard a titmouse mimic a red tailed hawk once before did a pretty good rendition, I heard a bird that I could not find to identify visually. See YouTube URL http://youtu.be/BJK0O6lyNR4. The Titmice (what IS the plural?) We definitely have Tufted Titmouse (titmice?) Maybe the mystery has been solved! Sounds like a backwards whippoorwill to me . But the only recording I have is an IPhone video and it won’t send to your contact site. [14], The lifespan of the tufted titmouse is approximately 2.1 years, although it can live for more than ten years. Incidentally, I clicked your posting, and discovered your fine webpage and recordings. Young family members from the prior year may remain with the parents and assist in the care of current youngsters. In fact, someone asked me about this just last month, and they didn’t believe me when I said it was a titmouse! I asked a local bird expert, the so-called Bird Diva, and she thought a two tweet call would be unusual. My girlfriend and I at the time thought it was a whip…..then saw the culprit sitting in a bush next to the house! More like “ov-er-here” than “quick-three- beers” but the same sequence of notes. It’s almost obvious that s/he is happy, it’s palpable. Its habitat is deciduous and mixed woods as well as gardens, parks, and shrublands. Any opinions about this call? I assume these are males and possibly this is the first hint of claiming territory, a mid winter hint of the coming spring and the approaching breeding season. Yes, mine do the 3 note songs! Both are approximately F sharp. Fascinating! Of course, as soon as I started recording he stopped. Your first recording from Wisconsin is very similar to what I hear from them in northwestern Pennsylvania. Lots of Peter, Peter, Peter, Pee-yer, Pee-yer, Pee-yer, and more. Could easily be the ‘Pe’ of Peter, but no follow up… Similar to XC52353, but only two notes, and not that first lower note. I’m from southern Indiana. I don’t think I’ve heard any of the other ones around me. Dr. Ashley, please share a recording of that special fledgling if you have it. [citation needed], Tufted titmice nest in a hole in a tree, either a natural cavity, a human-made nest box, or sometimes an old woodpecker nest. The “Peter-peter-peter” song is the one described in all the books, but each male has a repertoire of multiple other songs, and those are heard more often through the middle of the day. My first guess would be Northern Mockingbird, as a long-tailed bird that is often heard at night and has a varied voice (and is very noticeable). I tried to find an online recording of this song variant, but couldn’t find one anywhere. None of the titmouse songs sound anything like what I heard, but does anyone reading these comments have experience with a confirmed Tufted Titmouse singing a song virtually indistinguishable from a Carolina Chickadee? Excellent post. Ever since, I have been hearing birds out here (one is singing as I type this, which is how I ended up on this page) who say “peer peer peer peer,” with just single falling syllables, no “peter” or “peeyer”. Thanks! The three D’s seemed ever so slightly slower, so it was just a little mournful… Possibly a Titmouse again? Caterpillars constitute a major part of its diet during the summer. If you arrived here from the “Mystery sound” post, the answer is…Tufted Titmouse. Wow, that’s the same one we hear here in NW Arkansas. I’m in the Tampa, FL area and recently moved to a home with a wooded area adjacent to the backyard. [5], The song of the tufted titmouse is usually described as a whistled peter-peter-peter, although this song can vary in approximately 20 notable ways. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-Tu4I7H6FEQMmNVQkRBVzRLb1U/view?usp=drivesdk. We were thinking it was a variation of the Tufted Titmouse, but didn’t know for sure. I rigged up my bluetooth speaker to the iPad, put it on the sill of the screened pool enclosure and played several of the recordings above. I’ve annotated where the song is. The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America: Second Edition, The Sibley Guide to Birds - Second Edition, The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America: Second Edition. Am I completely wrong, is it some other species, or is it a TUTI with its own local “Quebecois” accent? It is NOT a tufted titmouse because it is like SEE you SEE you . Well, new to me, and it doesn’t sound anything like the recordings above. The song in question actually sounds almost exactly like the odd song variant recorded in Michigan. Honestly, I am absolutely stunned, awed and blown away beyond words at how unbelievably communicative this little bird is, I have never EVER encountered anything like it in all the years I’ve worked with birds and animals….not ever!