Our Southern Birds includes a personal experience that illustrates Miles' fondness for the Tufted Titmouse (Paris bicolor):

One spring day I was lying on a cot out of doors, when a Titmouse came into the porch where I was and began to explore nooks and crannies. I "froze," as it is well to do when a bird comes near, and lay watching him as he poked about the rungs of a chair and the cracks of the balusters; but what was my surprise when he hopped on my pillow and began to examine my head! I dared not move; I heard his light feet tapping all round my ears; he tweaked once or twice at my hair, chirped, and then actually jumped on my head and with claws and beak went to work in earnest! (17)