Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Great Tits in the Attic

We have an attic that we really do not use for anything more than keeping some cardboard boxes with old books in, which means we hardly ever go up there. As my regular readers know, we have many birds and other animals in our garden. Of late I have noticed some strange sounds coming from the attic, as if some creature was walking on the hatch in the ceiling on the upstairs landing.

Was it squirrels? I went up into the cobweb-filled attic to have a look about a week ago and couldn’t spot anything. But yesterday I decided to try again, and this is what I saw when I looked into the world of the cobweb after having carefully closed all the doors to neighbouring rooms.

This baby bird was totally confused, as you also can see in the video below. He just sat there, bewildered. Behind and above him other birds, most likely the parents, were flying around sounding agitated. All of a sudden I understood why the bird song had been so prominent lately. After a while I gently closed the hatch again and went downstairs and outside to continue to video. It is not bad having both a well-protected nest and your own airspace for flying lessons!


(Sorry about doubling some over-lay text in the video.)

7 comments:

traveler one said...

That's soooooooooo cute! Has the little tit found his way out yet?

oreneta said...

Provocative post title there, I had trouble getting through my unwanted net nanny to post a comment...your stat counter should look interesting for a day or two.

Nice to have the birds there though!

swenglishexpat said...

Traveller One - they are all up there still. I can hear them as I type. It's like living under a giant bird's nest.
Oreneta - actually my stats have not changed at all. I think that people who are searching for words like that, are looking for images.

CanadianSwiss said...

What a great place for flying lessons :) We have many tits here, too, and I love to watch them. If only they didn't start chirping at 4.30/5.00am! Don't they know weekends?? lol!

swenglishexpat said...

CS - All I can say is 'ear plugs'! Every time I walk under the loft hatch there is one hell of a cacophony above my head, but of the sweet kind.

Eric Valentine said...

Very nice Swen, I just love the birds like that. We have robins that still wake us at4am, I just close the window for a while. Have a good weekend. :)

swenglishexpat said...

Eric - Thanks, I hope your move went well. You too, have a good weekend.