I have been watching hundreds of titmouse’s (titmeese?) flying and perching in the trees that are along my back fence. Behind my fence is open space created by a flood control channel. This activity has been going on for a couple hours now. It has been happening almost every morning for several weeks.
Last week, there were hundreds of cedar waxwings. At first, that is what I thought I was seeing this morning. Then I got my camera out. Before the waxwings, it was a hundred or so robins for several days in a row. My bird book map shows that the waxwings only winter here so I figure I was watching a huge migration happening.
What gives with the swarming robins and titmouse’s? Mind you, I’m NOT complaining. If I have to live by a highway, I prefer the noise of the bird migration highway.
Laura Carmody, Antioch, California
Sounds like your trees are in the perfect spot for birds that are flocking through the open space to stop and take a break. When it’s not breeding season, robins and titmice tend to flock (swarm?) together. That’s what’s going on. I just had a good-size flock of titmice zip through my backyard the other day. Right now, there are two robins in my Benicia backyard, so you know what’s going on there. NESTING time!
You’re probably right about the waxwings. I suspect they were getting ready to head back north. It has been kind of a strange winter and spring this year, cold when it should be hot, hot when it should be cold, with some offbeat rainstorms thrown in for good measure. Some birds started nesting early because of the unseasonably warm temperatures, and some have been late for some reason. Just Mother Nature stirring things up to keep us humans on our toes! /Gary