Soft bedding for great tits

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When some time ago the lilac tree in our garden blew over, we created a kind of tripod out of the stands. It is about 2 m high. Our four cats use this tripod daily for climbing exercises. And as a vantage point from which they can look over the fence out of the garden. The garden is entirely fenced in and the fence is topped with electric fencing to prevent the cats from leaving the garden. This is for their own safety, but also to save our neighbours several pounds of cat manure each month.

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One of our cats has a long coat. Last winter we noticed that the tits are really interested in the hair is there to get that through the wood. They collect it for nesting material. Ever since, we regularly tie a tuft of Thomas’ hair to the wood, so that the tits never lack in bedding.

greattit3.jpgThis morning I found a great tit rigorously pulling at a tuft of hair. Thomas also watched the great tit’s antics, which caused him to make these funny noises that To make when they see a prey which they cannot get at. Eck, eck, eck, really cute. Anyway, I got the chance to make some photographs of the great tit as well as an excited Thomas.

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