Monday, May 20, 2013

Titmouse Cleans House

Among the advantages of living in the woods, watching birds do what birds do is one of the best.  We have several bird houses throughout the woods and always enjoy seeing them occupied.  One nesting box in particular seems to appeal to several different types of birds.  In previous years this house has been rented by chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatches, and titmice.  And many times, a pair of birds will spend a couple of days building a nest in this house, only to decide they don't care for it after all.  Since we never know the stage of nest-building, we do not clean out the house during the summer.  We let the birds do that.
The other day, a Tufted Titmouse decided the house was to her liking.  She spent quite a while removing the old nesting materials.

What a mess!

I can't believe they left all this stuff in here.

This is getting harder and harder.

And there is still more inside.

Oh, forget it!  I'm tired of these fixer-uppers!

So the little titmouse abandoned the idea of nesting in this house.  At least she did some good housecleaning for the next bird who has an inclination to use it.

Don't you just love watching the birds?


Carolina Linthead said...

Bless her little heart, she tried! I DO love watching birds!

Arkansas Patti said...

Ha, she really did do most of the work for the next tenant. I do clean mine out but have to be careful of mites when I do.

NanaNor's said...

Hi, I too love watching birds making nests. If we had more trees and open space I would love to have them spending time in our yard. I think I've mentioned that we get Grackles killing the smaller birds so I don't put feed out anymore. Just couldn't handle finding a dozen or more dead birds on our lawn-especially if the dog is out.
Thanks for sharing and spreading a smile to me today.
Hugs, Noreen

Taradharma said...

I wonder why she didn't like the old material? Just like people when they move in -- have to paint everything new.

My friends outside of Chapel Hill live in the woods and have so many birds in their area. It's wonderful to sit out on the deck and watch/hear them all.

Jayne said...

Since I only have four or so nest boxes to keep up with, I monitor them and watch for fledging times, so I can clean them out for someone else to use. :c) So funny seeing her "cleaning house!"

Ms. A said...

Sometimes those remodels are just too overwhelming. LOL!

Great shots!

Unknown said...

Such beautiful pics

Anonymous said...

It always amazes me watching the hard work and effort it takes for birds to ready a nest. We've been watching a pair of robins in the yard, and see that their labors are endless. And then the eggs!