Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Nesting Material.

While catching a brief glimpse of a Kingfisher flying up river at work yesterday morning a pair of Great Tits appeared with this one carrying a large mouthful of nesting material. I think the nest must be in the undergrowth beneath my feet on the steep sided bank of the river.



Great Tit ( Parus major)
Just another few magical moments with our resident wildlife.  FAB.

27 comments:

  1. Awww! How cute to see them getting their nesting material. Great photos!!

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  2. he certainly has a big mouthful!! Excellent series of photos!

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  3. Frank...I love these photos. Whenever I see a bird carrying a huge bunch of nesting material it melts my heart. They are so cute and industrious...and work so hard to build their nests. Studying the nesting instinct in birds mesmerizes me. Great catch.

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  4. They're so cute. His nesting material is about as big as he is! Nice pics.

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  5. Certainly got a load there. They do work so hard for such little things. Great series Frank.

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  6. Hi Frank,
    A wonderful set of pictures!! A very nice background and a beautiful attitude of this nice tit!! Well done!!!

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  7. Interesting, that the great tit is building. Some of ehe Blue tits around here have got young.

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  8. Just Beautiful! Discovered your blog today and will add it to my blogroll..thanks.

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  9. Such a lot of nesting material for such a small bird! Great photos!

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  10. Hi "Earlybirders" - Thanks, it was another one of those precious moments. Quite incredible to see the volume of material in his tiny mouth!

    Steve B. Credit also to you for giving me some helpful tips that I'm trying to put into practice.

    Kelly, I agree & it definitely caught my attention. Normally he would fly away at the slightest movement from a 'watcher' but was obviously so intent on the job in hand.

    Warren, we also found an empty Blackbird egg during our garden walk. Obviously this warmer Spring has kick started some species a bit earlier.

    dAwN. Welcome and thanks for joining the "Earlybirders". I've just had a sneak peek at your blog & will be back for more. FAB

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  11. Good shots of the Blue Tit Frank. It's a great time of year for interesting bird pictures.

    It always amazes me how something so little can work so hard!!

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  12. Sorry Tricia but it was a Great Tit. Must be those new glasses!

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  13. What a wonderful series of photos!! I love having the opportunities to see these little birds work and work to build that nest. I actually put out a suet feeder that I stuff with all kinds of string and yarn, lint etc..and I make sure some of the yarn is a bright green or yellow so I can see if any of it ends up in the nests that are built in my yard.
    If we all had the work ethic of a bird...what we couldn't get done!! :)
    Nice post!

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  14. Tina. We have a spiral fatball feeder that has been filled with sheeps wool, but I very much like your idea of adding the coloured yarn to track its use.

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  15. At this rate not many trips should be required before the nest is complete. Excellently photographed series!

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  16. Think you must be right Frank; or the lateness of the hour when commenting! Doh

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  17. Great images Frank.
    Tricia has been at that Merlot bottle again.{:)

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  18. Salty. These small birds are far more industrious than your regular construction worker!

    Leedra. I agree.

    Roy. Thanks, it was a 'chance' moment. Maybe more glasses than she will admit to..ha!

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  19. Lovely photos. I have seen some of our birds doing this but none with such mouthfuls.

    Such wonderful places, so different from where I have lived. The Hamlet of Gordon, Ohio is where I was born and raised and it is how small hamlets used to be and this one still exists.

    The Hamlet of Gordon

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  20. (for Frank and Roy!)

    Now look here you two!! I was just very tired.......

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  21. Abe, Thanks for stopping by. It would be a very odd world if everywhere was the same.

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  22. Fantastic series, Frank. When they have their beaks full like that I wonder how they can see where they're going!

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  23. I wonder how he is able to see where he is flying with that bill full of material? Very cute!

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  24. Hi Heather & Eve.
    It is incredible that they can hold so much nesting material in such tiny mouths AND still talk to one another.

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  25. NW Nature Nut. Thanks for dropping by. Not only do they have to look where they are flying but also still manage to call to each other.

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