Saturday, April 11, 2009

Our New Pet

We have the cutest little titmouse who is building a nest in one of our trees. Every night that we sit on the porch he lands on our heads and pulls out a few hairs for his/her building project. I've never seen such a brave wild bird. Last night he/she even tried to land on one of the dogs for a different variety of hair! He/She makes us laugh so hard. So here's our question... In the bird world, who builds the nest? Mom or Pop? We would like to know so that we can name this little bird.


Melanie said...

How funny!? I'm not sure if it's a boy or girl. I can't believe it would land on a human's head for the sake of nest building. Amazing.
-Kara on Mel's comp.

Melanie said...

That is amazing! Great picture, too.. :)

Kara said...

According to Wikipedia:
"Tufted titmice tend to be curious about their human neighbors and can sometimes be spotted on window ledges peering into the windows to watch what's going on inside."
"They line the nest with soft materials, sometimes plucking hair from a live animal such as a dog."

Still fascinating. No info about the difference between male and female. It did say this, though, "Sometimes, a bird born the year before remains to help its parents raise the next year's young. The pair may remain together and defend their territory year-round."