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Re: Wildlife Funnies

One of my bird references says that the tufted titmouse will pull  
hair from sleeping cats and dogs for its nest - I think they are  
pretty fearless.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jun 16, 2005, at 9:24 AM, Lynda Young wrote:

> We have a tray type bird feeder attached to the railing on the deck  
> and
> love to sit on the porch watching the constant flow of birds in and  
> out.
> However, last weekend a raccoon decided to enjoy an early feast and  
> was
> munching his way through the seed.  A tufted titmouse landed on rail,
> watched the coon for a few minutes and decided "to heck with  
> this!".  He
> launched himself onto the coon's back and proceeded to rapidly peck at
> the back of the intruder's head.  When the coon jerked around the bird
> flew off, only to return and repeat the behavior as soon as the coon
> began eating again.  This cycle played out five or six times - the  
> coon
> finally had enough and left and the bird was able to dine.  A  
> couple of
> days later, the coon returned and so did the titmouse and we  
> watched the
> whole scene again.  Hilarious.
> Lynda
> Zone 7 - West TN - who was rooting for the bird the whole way
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