The tufted titmouse is a little gray bird with an echoing voice. Their large black eyes, small, round bill, and brushy crest gives these birds a quiet but eager expression that matches the way they flit through canopies, hang from twig-ends, and drop in to bird feeders. When a titmouse finds a large seed, you’ll see it carry the prize to a perch and crack it with sharp whacks of its stout bill. There was a pair of them doing just that with a number of nuts that someone had dumped on the ground in a local forest preserve. I was lucky enough to catch a nice shot of this one just as he was taking off with one of the nuts in his beak.
Taken at Maple Lake in Palos Hills, Illinois with a Canon 7D DSLR and 100-400mm Lens.