Today after I got the newspaper for my mom I went outside to look at some sparrows that I saw hanging around our cars. The sparrows flew off as soon as I came out of the door so I decided to just head back inside. As I turned around I noticed a strange bird on the feeder. "Crested head, blue-gray body. That can't be a Tufted Titmouse!". Sure enough it was a Tufted Titmouse, a rare visitor to NW Iowa that has only been seen in my county once or twice before. For some reason it was visiting my yard and it is still out there as I write this.
A local birdwatcher Jerry came over to see the bird and we immediately saw it. It landed within 20-30ft of us as we were walking towards the feeders. To add to the excitement the titmouse buzzed us, flying just one foot above our heads! That was a very nice surprise visitor that makes feeding the birds worth it!