Bluebird and Small Cavity Nester Conservation
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Snakey Titmouse

A female Tufted Titmouse brooding eggs. She rears up, hisses and strikes the left side of the nestbox (called a Snake Display.) The drama queen did this when I approached the box and continued when I opened it. (Some titmice just sit there placidly and look at you, or fly out of the box when it is approached/checked.) It is probably an anti-predator/nest protection behavior.

The hissing and snake-like strike are kind of scary, which is why I didn't do a very good job framing this video - I wanted to get the heck out of there! (Plus I wanted to minimize disturbance).

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See photos of her nest. See more information about Tufted Titmice.

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What is the purpose of the giant sequoia tree? The purpose of the giant sequoia tree is to provide shade for the tiny titmouse.
~ Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989)

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