Wednesday, April 25, 2007

An Intrepid Titmouse

The other day while Karen and Bill were here visiting, we were sitting out on the deck enjoying the late day sunshine and we saw a tufted titmouse land on the ground near Fisher. The bird hopped closer, and then hopped onto the dog. Fishy moved, and the bird flew off.

Late this afternoon, the titmouse pair was back, and as Fisher lay on the deck, one of them made repeated landings. Eventually, Fishy ignored the bird, which then proceeded to pull out a big beakful of dog hair. Fortunately, I was able to get close enough to take photos through the shed door. It was amazing!










Look at the beakful of hair! Less to vacuum :-)



Off to make the nest cozy.

11 comments:

Vincent said...

I guess that one knew where to get good nesting material. I wonder if it might come back for more?

Tracy said...

That's hilarious! It's great that you had your camera ready.

Ali said...

What is amazing is that the bird was so persistent that I had time to go get my camera!

Renee said...

What amazing photos! And what a patient dog. Wonder if any of our local birds would be interested in dust bunnies?

Weezer said...

Speaking of dust bunnies, have you seen the cage that holds them for the birds to take?! These are the best photos! You couldn't copy/paste/merge & airbrush something that good!!! A video wouild have won the top prize on Americas Funniest Video!

Vincent said...

Or Animal Planet's - The Planet's Funniest Animals.

Anonymous said...

Amazing Photos!!!! Fishy is too cute...so generous to help those birds out! Ali, I sent you an email :)

Lynn

Vincent said...

By the way has it come back? Do you know where the nest is and is it near-by?

Kathy said...

At least Fishy has redeemed himself by becoming useful! I think that of all of the examples of cooperation in nature..this one takes it all!

MW said...

I was wondering how common this is, so I surfed and found your pix. Apparently it's not too uncommon:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzJkTH_Yo-w

Ali said...

Thanks! I posted the link at my new site, henbogle.wordpress.com.

Ali