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Disappointing Tits

The best laid plans of mice and men and aspiring wildlife photographers!  My story actually starts with a cat......

Grace, 17, deaf, senile, and not good at looking after herself any more (see below).

Birdboxes are the next part of the story, this

and this, both sited according to the best advice.

Back to the cat. Grab her when she's not looking..

.. and comb out the lumps of matted fur,

.. which she can stand for a short while but then starts to use, erm, language.

The result is lumps of ideal nesting material which is placed

in this wire cage, suspended quite close to the back windows.

Our local bluetits suss out the safety, this way

and that -

and then get stuck in,

with enthusiasm

and gymnastic skill.

A pair of Great Tits took their turn

providing much amusement. (All these titpics had to be taken through glass - they would never turn up if I was lurking outside).

You noticed. This isn't my box - the tits avoided my boxes and used the fur elsewhere. This was a promising shot at our daughter's house 20 miles away.

I spent a whole afternoon watching this pair visit with nesting material,

and after all that, a few days later, they were gone elsewhere. Shame!

So what else to do but go down town and have a wander by the river.

The ducks are so used to being fed that they are practically underfoot before hurling themselves into the water.

I almost kicked this one in!

Sometimes they arrive with grace (no, not the cat)

and once in a while quite artistically.

Try a little bokeh for variety,

and another,

before taking the hint from a swan's goodbye wave and calling it a day.

Clearly our bird boxes are not sufficiently upmarket for our local tits - even the sparrows ignore them - and I took care to site them according to the best advice, too.  Never mind, it gave an excuse to tell a little story.  I hope you have enjoyed it.

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 11:29
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Hi Steve how are you well I hope I have found this photoblog very interesting and you have taken some super shots of those birds. Steve sorry for peeking but I have enjoyed your blog many thanks for posting Best Wishes BoB.

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 12:00
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I thought this was by another Steve given the title, then I thought cats, can't be, I have got to have a look at this. And what a lovely story it is, I should have recognised Grace by now, and good to know that she's doing her bit for wildlife, even though, mice and men and all that, its a shame they were not cooperating, but you did get some lovely shots. The ducks, what a crafty bunch they are, if the dogs on the lead they leave it to the last minute to plop in the water, they think its funny that my arm is nearly pulled out of its socket. That was most enjoyable Steve, thanks for that.

 

 

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 12:30
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Well it made me smile Steve,great pictures of the Blue Tit,love how it was trying to get the fur out Smile

 

 

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 13:06
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nice set of photos i was impressed with the photo taken at your daughters 20 miles away your camera has really good zoom lol

good set of photos well done

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 13:36
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An excellent blog Steve,great pictures of the Blue Tits.Thanks for posting i enjoyed it.

Ron.

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 14:43
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Great blog Steve. At least the birds cooperated for a short while, enough for you to get some great shots.  Haven't got any birdboxes, but leave out the fluff from my tumble dryer filter and in the past, have had blackbirds, wrens and linnets nesting in my small garden.  Amusing commentary and really enjoyed looking...thanks.

Sheila x

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 14:45
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and a nice story it was to.

C

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 14:48
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Hi Steve.

Some great shots. Cats and birds do not always mix. My Blue Tits have not been around for the last few weeks. I hope she is sitting in the nest box keeping warm, so don't give up on your box just yet. Hole sizes are important 25mm for Blue Tits, 28mm for Great Tits and 32mm For Sparrows.

See my Blog http://www.myfinepix.fr/blog/812250/454792

Watch this space for when the youing birds hatch.

Dave.

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 15:08
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Hi Steve. So glad you got to complete your wonderful photoblog with super compositions and interesting flowing witty one liners in your story. Great focus considering some were through glass ~ well taken. I enjoyed it and thanks for compiling and sharing. Thanks for your lovely message on mine too. Best wishes. Alison Smile

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 16:25
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Good blog Steve.

Mike

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 16:32
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Made me smile Steve...nice, amusing blog.

Pity Nigel pinched my LONG ZOOM Joke !!!!.....but it is impressive....lol

Jim

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 16:41
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Thanks Jim, 20 miles and round corners as well!  Thanks for the comment (and Nigel too)

Best Regards,

Steve

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 16:42
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Well done Steve, thanks for persisting I know the feeling having spent ages on a blog and then loose it with a click. Liked.

Dave.

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 16:43
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great blog Steve with super shots and lovely commentary - if they don't nest this year lets hope they will next year when they realise you are furnishing it for them!!

thanks for sharing Smile

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 16:46
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Great blog Steve

very entertaining

Cheers, Dave

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 17:01
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The first thing I have to say is what lovely clean windows you have!!

Brilliant blog, love the narrative and love the captures of the blue tit going almost upside down to pull the hair out of the feeder, that really made me smile!!

Thank you for sharing, it was so interesting and has left me wanting more.

Viv

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 17:09
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Super blog, Steve... better luck with the titbox next year...

...all I can suggest is sparrowhawks!... wondered why there was a dearth of little birds in our field , then I saw them on the fence posts surveying the territory & obviously nesting nearby!

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 17:29
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Smashin blog Steve.  A story with humour and interest, (ex teacher see!!!) accompanied by great photos.  Everything a blog should be.  that's why I wonder you have not visited my latest one!! Lol

Great stuff Steve.  Loved it.

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 19:37
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Cracking blog Steve, a great mix of photos and and an amusing narrative. I enjoyed looking at this, thanks for posting.

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 19:56
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A great photoblog with some really different shots and a storyline.  Loved the sequence of the tit pulling the hair out for nesting material.  You have made the common mallards look really interesting by the way you have photographed them. A lot more imagination used than required to capture animals in zoos and flowers in pots. Real photography - nice to see.

 

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 20:45
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Smashing blog Steve, the blue tit shots had me tittering, must have been fun watching them pull the fur from the cage, they are very acrobatic.  Thank you for sharing.

regards

Anne 

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 20:52
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Brilliant blog Steve, and a great idea for using Grace's fur. I would be happy to watch those Blue Tits for hours. Thanks for sticking with it and sharing your photos with us.

Christine :)    

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 21:01
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A brilliant and very amusing blog, now i know what to do with all the left over cat fur.

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 22:01
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A brilliant story blog......loved the duck you nearly kicked lol Smile

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Date Mon, 23/04/2012 - 23:37
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Lovely blog, Steve with a wonderful storyline! I wondered where the fur came from in your previous photos you published and now I know! Excellent photography with a variety of shots. Your story made me smile...

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Date Tue, 24/04/2012 - 00:11
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lovely blog...like the others watching the blue tit get the fur made me smile.  

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Date Tue, 24/04/2012 - 06:03
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I love this blog.  You have some fantastic shots in there.  I specially like the landing duck and it's reflection.

We put a bird feeder in our garden - slap bang in the middle of the lawn, so there were no hiding places for any predators.  Not a single bird visited over two months!  

It's gone now.

Good blog Steve, Thanks for taking the time to upload it.

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Date Tue, 24/04/2012 - 15:29
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I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog.  I love the humour and the pictures of the tits gathering nesting are super and so funny, and the photos of the ducks amazing. Did Grace object to using her fur for bird nesting ... I have a 17 year old, he is not senile, he is not deaf, he is not quiet -  he is vocal, wants to eat 24/7 and I mean every hour I am awake ... but we love him.  Carol

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Date Wed, 25/04/2012 - 17:46
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Great blog - lovely photos and witty narrative.

 

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Date Fri, 27/04/2012 - 17:17
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HiHo Steve,  Thanks for your comment on my mouse topic,  Glad it's not just me that gets uptight trying to get shots of garden birds and their nest building antics. At the present count there are five nesting boxes around my garden and despite some exciement in January when it looked as if a Pair of wrens were about to take up residence, nothing, ziltch, zero for third year in a row. Though I did have a wasp colony in one two years back, still it's the trying that keeps you active.  Liked your blog some nice pictures, variety and humour which is how it should be.

Regards Colin.  

 

colyob

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Date Thu, 10/05/2012 - 02:04
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My visits to this site have been erratic lately, but I'm happy to have found this blog.  The sequence of the birds tussling with the cat hair provided a few smiles.  I keep thinking that "next year" I'll set out some nesting material for our birds, but I never get around to it. 

Thanks for continuing to provide your unique humorous touch to this site.

judypw

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