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  • n. Plural form of titmouse.


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  • Small indigenous birds, such as titmice, chipmunks, pipits and squinches, are constantly seen in coveys or even bevies just now.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 159, November 24, 1920

  • Not an ounce of excitement, not a whisper of a thrill, this relationship has all the passion of a pair of titmice.

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  • I watched one such "pet" walk across the back of my property every morning for a full month with a new dead bird in its mouth, including but not limited to quail, mourning dove, cardinal, lark sparrow, painted bunting, titmice, indigo bunting and more finches than I could count.

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  • But they were well-mannered, loitering beneath the feeders, waiting for whatever sunflower seeds the finicky nuthatches and—does anyone happen to know whether titmice is the plural of titmouse—happened to toss aside in their search for the perfect seed.

    Backyard Warfare

  • We move to the dining room, a welcoming space with a fireplace and a view through sliding doors of the deck and seed and nectar feeders ablur with the wings of purple finches, titmice, orioles, towhees, grosbeaks, and hummingbirds.


  • From the seed feeders on the deck come the euphonious calls of chickadees, the bell-like trill of the dark-eyed juncos, the down-slurred whistle of the titmice, the “ank-ank” of the nuthatches, the “zree” of the house finches, and the coo of doves; from the nectar feeders and flowers, the whirr of hummingbird wings.


  • I could hear titmice in the copse to the left, and a flock of jays calling out to each other as they fed, further on.

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  • The copse was loud with birds; a gang of titmice was foraging in the oak clump to the left, and I could hear what I thought was a thrasher in the near distance.

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  • I can see the shape of the wind on the water. [italics mine] Anyone who can write sentences like those italicised above, deceptively simple, or glancingly suggest that we're not so very different from those titmice, as well as set mood, scene, and theme with such spareness, is a seriously good writer.

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  • At one stop I even had tufted titmice, black capped chickadees and northern cardinals flitting around in the bushes like crazy -- and that wasn't a birding stop but the gas station.

    Archive 2009-02-01


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