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Tufted titmouse

Baeolophus bicolor

Description:

This bird, which usually eats nuts, seeds and insects in the summertime, had caught a worm snake (Carphophis amoenus). At one point, the bird flew further away from me and unfortunately dropped the snake in flight near the creek. I remained watching and about five minutes later, the bird had caught the snake again and flew off with it.

Habitat:

The Brumley Nature Preserve North is an area with meadows, woods, a creek and ponds. This bird caught the snake near the creek.

Notes:

This was a very surprising spotting as I had never heard of titmice eating snakes. They come to my feeders often for nuts and seeds. The bird was very determined to hang on to its catch.

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8 Comments

AshleyT
AshleyT 7 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 months ago

Thank you for your nice comments, Brian, Mark, Sukanya, Sergio, Daniele and Josh! I have to admit that this was one of my favorite spottings last year. :)

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 months ago

What a savage little titmouse! Great capture!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 months ago

Great series of images Maria! Perfect for the 2019 Best Wildlife Photo special mission.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 months ago

Very nice!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 8 months ago

So the early bird caught the wo...I mean snake.Again! SUPER shots.
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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 months ago

Super spotting.

Brian38
Brian38 8 months ago

Wow Maria!! Amazing series and spotting!

Maria dB
Spotted by
Maria dB

North Carolina, USA

Lat: 36.03, Long: -79.04

Spotted on Dec 8, 2018
Submitted on Feb 5, 2019

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