Jordan Lake Dam, Haw River. May your thoughts this night join the softness quietly gleaming from the evening star to the tufted titmouse. Wee bird whose day of work of cracking seeds has brought him nourishment and a need for a safe roost and rest. May your sleep bring your soul nourishment and rest. Peace and Grace, Doc Ellen.
There are 11 different species in this stroll. Two of the species I don’t often see at Jordan Lake: the winter wren and the rusty blackbird. Enjoy the wandering!
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!
almost ethereal: gossamer tufted titmouse
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