Titmouses or Titmice? That is the question...
I had to google it and of course there's some authorities that on the side of Titmouses and others that swear by Titmice. One birder has the most convincing explanation that saying Titmice is like saying Mongeese (another word I'd been confused about since we have them in Hawaii). Apparently "Mongoose" derives from a root of "mangus"and "Titmouse" derived from roots "titr" (small in Icelandic) and "mase" (small bird in Anglo-Saxon). So although a majority of the public prefer the sound of "Titmice", the correct plural would be "Titmouses". There you have it!
I named these Titmouses "Sittin' On A Fence" for obvious reasons. I like the Rolling Stones song with the same title, so it just fit. My favorite feature of the Titmouse is those dewy eyes! No matter what the Titmouse is up to, it always looks like an angel.
Karen Obuhanych (kto ART) is a Hawaii-based artist who relishes in the simple, happy moments of everyday life.