Birds of Nebraska: Newspaper Accounts, 1854-1923

Editor [possibly Greenleaf]. April 21, 1918. Omaha Sunday World-Herald 53(29): 4-E.

A Tufted Treat.

There have been surgeons who have thrown ecstatic fits of rapture upon securing a patient with some rare disease, even if said disease be most likely fatal. Such scientific convulsions come to your bird fan when he finds a feather specimen or which he had been looking anon.

It has been known that the Tufted Titmouse is more than occasionally found in Nebraska; that he is common - in the books - but when an amateur ornithologist actually meets such a critter face to face, he is likely to experience the same thrill as that of the surgeon mentioned before.

But little larger than a Chickadee and of a good deal the same appearance except that he wears a distinct topknot, the Tufted Titmouse is worth the effort of finding him.

He flutters around in the tree-tops or bush-tops like his more common cousin, and his most familiar call is "Pe-to! Pe-to!"

The Tufted Titmouse appeared in Elmwood park last Sunday for the first time in the recorded history of Omaha bird-dom, and it is more than possible that he remains there, for there is no reason why he should leave.

It is such pleasant surprises that makes the game of bird hunting worth the trouble.

The Myrtle Warblers, with their glistening yellow rump, appeared in this park on the same Sunday - a bit ahead of schedule - and it is very plain that the treasures of the feathered world are soon to be revealed in the entirety that always graces gentle Springtime.

See if you can find the Tufted Titmouse. It will be a treat.