calcium dose

I watched this tufted titmouse land on the shoreline of Jordan Lake.
These birds are seen and heard all year here.
But, I had never seen one pick up a fresh water mussel shell.
He flew to a branch with it, clutched it in his feet, and held it tightly against the branch.
Then he proceeded to nip off and swallow pieces of the shell.
Birds need calcium, especially during the egg-laying time of the year.
Very interesting to watch this titmouse getting his calcium dose.
Note the piece of string littering the shoreline – I picked it up as soon as the bird finished what he wanted of the shell. I detest trash!

WALK9627 May 21 2015  08-04-30  EbenezerTitmouse mussel shell 1

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