Monday, April 21, 2014

Opportunist




New green tinges the hills and dogwoods are in full bloom,
their white bracts like spots of light scattered through the woods.  
Lilacs send their fragrance through the air, inviting bees and butterflies, 
and the icy days of winter seem far behind us.  

Aside from all of that, it would still be apparent that spring has arrived, 
because the tufted titmice are coming around looking for nesting materials. 






Early yesterday morning, while I was thinning out the radishes in a big pot near the house, 
minding my own business, 
one of my wide-eyed friends flew in for a visit.  






She made herself quite at home in my hair, 
pausing occasionally to rest on my shoulder or the top of my head, 
but mainly it was all business.  







For all the pulling and rearranging the little thing did, 
I don't think she made off with much.  
If she had, I'd be wearing a hat by now.


Come to think of it, that might not be a bad idea.





A post script: This may well be the same bird that came around last year.
You can see it here.


Thanks Don, for taking the pictures.

Linking with Camera Critters,
Saturday's Critters
and Wild Bird Wednesday








37 comments:

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Wow, that looked like it would hurt but not too bad I guess. Friendly little bird!

Sandra said...

This is so funny! Your long hair looks like very promising nesting material to that cheeky little tufted titmouse!
Ah! Such a dreamy time of the year with nature waking up all around us. I sometimes don't know where to look first - there is so much beauty happening everywhere!

Faye said...

I haven't been here in a long time, but Bloglovin' brought me back this morning. I loved the photos of the bird in your hair. You have some really time birds up there in the Ozarks. (Our favorite fly fishing spots were in the Ozarks, but down nearer Mt. Home.)

Marco Luyken said...

Hello Connie,
What a very funny shot!! So nice.
The bird thinks, I need many materials to make a nest.
Well done!!

Best regards,
Marco

Lutiemom said...

Beautiful shots! Hilarious! Was Don your photographer?

TexWisGirl said...

absolutely hilarious! glad it wasn't too painful! :)

i know they steal from my horses, but a human is a bit bold!

Ela said...

What a beautiful bird and so extremely funny :)
Great shots !

Findlay Wilde said...

That's such a great post. It's a good job there was only one of them. From Findlay

HOOTIN ANNI said...

OMGosh!!!

If this were my daughter [or older sister even] they would have been screaming! How funny.

HansHB said...

WOW, this is funny. Finding hair for its nest!
Great photo!

Lisa Gordon said...

Oh my goodness, Connie, these are absolutely wonderful!!!

eileeninmd said...

Funny shots! I would think that would hurt.. I put out my Goldie Girls hair, she sheds a lot. Great shots, thanks for sharing.

Carole M. said...

...that is amazing determination and trust isn't it?! Wonderful that you got those photos. I think I'd be gathering some strands and leaving out for it; you had it so tempted

Karen said...

Oh how cute! I hang out nesting material on the trees for the birds.

Carletta said...

What an experience! It would be very cool to have the nest they made when they're done with it.

pattisjarrett said...

What a fun post! Good job on capturing the titmouse in action.

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Connie What a wonderful ting to happen and great that someone took the shots for us to see. I wonder what you would have done if it had decided to nest in your 'bonnet'!!!

Arija said...

What a precious experience!! We were hiking as a family on the plateau of our favourite mountain when a New Holland Honeyeater flew to my husbands head again and again trying to pull his hair out. There were five of us around him but it did not phase the bird at all.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

haha!!!.. So funny!!.. ;-)))

Brian King said...

That is absolutely awesome! I've never ever seen that before.

bailey-road.com said...

What an amazing series!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Awesome! Can't blame her for trying.

Mary Cromer said...

WOW Connie that is amazing and it is like touching the hand of God, when they come into our boundaries and dare to get close for whatever reason. Maybe leave some of your hairbrush hair out for them, they will find it ;)

Ginney Camden said...

Those are fantastic pictures!!

Debbie said...

hehehe, omgosh what an experience. i am so happy that don was around to capture these images!!

they are smart though....i think your hair would make a lovely nest ;)

Naquillity said...

such an uplifting post you've shared. i couldn't help but laugh out loud watching each photo progress into a not so productive nesting. wonderful captures. hope you were able to finish the work in your radishes. have a great day~

eileeninmd said...

Hello Connie, stopping back to say thanks for sharing your post with my critter party. Have a happy weekend!

Lina Gustina said...

Funny post and shots. You're so kind.
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Ida said...

Oh my gosh that is quite something. I probably would have freaked out if one landed on my head and started pulling my hair out (I need all I've got). What great shots.

Christian Weiß said...

Funny shots, the bird tries really hard to get nesting material.

Stewart M said...

Thats a great set of pictures! And no comments about bird nest hair styles from me!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Snap said...

Wow! That is a very determined little titmouse who wanted a very soft nest. How kind of you to help! :) Fun shots. Happy Critter Day!

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

This is amazing. Well, critters are amazing! I love your blog and your philosophy...so, I am following you now.

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Oh she was seriously busy gathering nest materials..how neat to have her land right on top of your head!

retriever said...

Lovely sweet shots
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Chris Rohrer said...

That is adorable! I would be laughing the entire time. Such a cute bird!

Jennifer Richardson said...

That is SO cool, Connie!!!
What a gift, that moment.
You're like Cinderella:)
Even the birds flutter and flock
to your sweet spirit:)
-Jennifer