Saturday, May 3, 2014

Tufted Titmouse: Preparing Her Nest

This cute little Tufted Titmouse has been gathering materials for construction of her nest, including some of Ryan's hair and coco straw from my hanging basket liners...

Tufted Titmice nest in cavities but aren’t able to excavate them on their own. They use natural holes and old nest holes made by several woodpecker species. 

Additionally, Tufted Titmice also nest in artificial structures including nest boxes, fenceposts, and metal pipes. Titmice build cup-shaped nests inside the nest cavity using damp leaves, moss and grasses, and bark strips. They line this cup with soft materials such as hair, fur, wool, and cotton, sometimes plucking hairs directly from living mammals. Naturalists examining old nests have identified raccoon, opossum, dog, fox squirrel, red squirrel, rabbit, horse, cow, cat, mouse, woodchuck, and even human hair in titmouse nests. The Tufted Titmouse usually has one brood per year with an average clutch size of four to six eggs.  

Soon this little birdie will be busy with a nest full of hatchlings :)

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