Tufted Titmouse, BraeBurn No. 12, February 27, 2017
I heard this bird before I saw it and I had to stop to find it to see what it was.  It took a few minutes, but then I saw it, in the trees by the bridge on hole number 12.  After hearing it and then seeing it and linking the bird and song, I heard it again, this time echoing through the trees on holes 11 and 12.  It was a Tufted Titmouse and BraeBurn is evidently, at times, home to a large number of them.
 
This relative of the chickadees has black eyes and a black forehead on an otherwise gray body with a hint of light orange on its flanks and, of course, a small tuft of feathers that make a distinctive head crest and give it half its name.
 
There are four titmouse species in the United States and the tufted variety is the largest at 6-1/2” in length and the only one that calls eastern Texas home.  In fact, there are two varieties of this species, the Northern and the Black-Crested.  We have the Northern Tufted Titmouse variety in eastern Texas, which is in the far southwestern range of this bird, a range that covers practically the entire eastern United States.  The Tufted Titmouse is a year-round resident at BraeBurn, a bird that I hear much more than I see.