Photos by BarrytheBirder
My wife and I had been brushing and collecting fur from our moulting, long-haired cat for the past month or so and decided today was the day to spread the mass of combings on the backyard lawn, for birds to use in the building of their spring nests. It wasn't more than 20 minutes after Linda had spread several batches of fur around and about the lawn, that a Black-capped Chickadee dropped in and busily began gathering up as much act fur as it could get into its tiny beak. The problem for the wee scavenger was that it collected so much fur that it completely blocked its own vision (see photo above). It was obliged to spit everything out and start over. The second time around, the chickadee had a clearer view and took off for its nearby nest. In the photo at right, the same bird is seen getting a drink of water in front of a garden Buddha moments before the cat fur caper.
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