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Ellie caught a bluetit!

post #1 of 24
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In the kitchen! I was sitting having a cup of coffee with my friend when we heard a bit of a noise and this bluetit emerged from a hole in the kitchen wall where the electric fuse cupboard sits on the wall and it hasn't all been joined up yet. It flew at the window but knocked itself onto the floor. Unfortunately Ellie was faster on the uptake than we were, and she leapt for it and got it, then of course would not let go. All I can say is it died quickly. By the time I got it away from her it was dead.

It answers a question though - for several nights last week the cats knew there was something in that wall, and they creeped me out watching the wall and even leaping at it, following something in there. I thought maybe it was a mouse, but it must have been this bird. I cannot find any external holes where it could have got in though, so I hope no others decide to commit hari-kiri that way. I must try and find the entrance before the spring, or I will have a nest in there!
post #2 of 24
Ellie!!!! At least your problems solved now as to what the noise was Jenny, you can sleep better tonight
post #3 of 24
WOW! That must have been quite the surprise for the day! Sad for the bird, but at least you know they can catch the critters that make their way in, Jenny!
post #4 of 24
I'm confused... what is a bluetit?

At first I thought it was part of Smurfette's anatomy until you said it flew....
post #5 of 24
Hopefully you find the hole before the nest is built and there are no more casualties!
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by DixieDarlin256 View Post
I'm confused... what is a bluetit?

At first I thought it was part of Smurfette's anatomy until you said it flew....
You're in fine gutter form this morning, Alycia!
post #7 of 24
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You're in fine gutter form this morning, Alycia!

I LIVE in the gutter! I've adapted well, I don't even have to come up for air anymore
post #8 of 24
Tolly says that if you are going to provide indoor entertainment like that, can he come to visit? He has to wait for one of the girls to catch something, then he takes it and claims it as his own!




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Originally Posted by jennyranson View Post
In the kitchen! I was sitting having a cup of coffee with my friend when we heard a bit of a noise and this bluetit emerged from a hole in the kitchen wall where the electric fuse cupboard sits on the wall and it hasn't all been joined up yet. It flew at the window but knocked itself onto the floor. Unfortunately Ellie was faster on the uptake than we were, and she leapt for it and got it, then of course would not let go. All I can say is it died quickly. By the time I got it away from her it was dead.

It answers a question though - for several nights last week the cats knew there was something in that wall, and they creeped me out watching the wall and even leaping at it, following something in there. I thought maybe it was a mouse, but it must have been this bird. I cannot find any external holes where it could have got in though, so I hope no others decide to commit hari-kiri that way. I must try and find the entrance before the spring, or I will have a nest in there!
post #9 of 24
Thread Starter 
A bluetit (in ornithological terms LOL!) is a small blue and yellow bird, very pretty, and common in European gardens and woodlands.
Some pix here:
http://www.garden-birds.co.uk/birds/bluetit.htm

Tolly is very welcome. I am sure he and Ellie would get on famously!
post #10 of 24
I have avoided this thread because I had no clue what a "bluetit" was and it sounded positively obscene and given the nature of some of the threads I've read here I was afraid to poke my nose into this one. LOL

I'm glad to see that it was a bird and not something else, LOL

I'm sorry for the poor birdy
post #11 of 24
I first seen that bluetit I thought it had to be a miss spell I am glad i read on and found out it was a bird
post #12 of 24
I guess that kind of thing is sometimes just unavoidable, but at least it was quick. The bluetits are so tiny they seem to be able to squeeze in anywhere. They're beautiful little things, aren't they?
post #13 of 24
They remind me of our chickadees. Cheeky is the word for them!
post #14 of 24
Poor little guy...........
post #15 of 24
I can only imagine what the youngsters are thinking and tittering about when they read some of these threads. I hope we don't lead them too far astray.
post #16 of 24
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I first seen that bluetit I thought it had to be a miss spell I am glad i read on and found out it was a bird
I thought so, too!

I was braced for a gutter thread from Jan....
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by DixieDarlin256 View Post
I'm confused... what is a bluetit?

At first I thought it was part of Smurfette's anatomy until you said it flew....
that is too funny alycia-
post #18 of 24
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Those of you who know me cannot for a moment imagine..... but let's not go there!!!!
post #19 of 24
Just a thought, Jenny, check the roof and the edges around there! When I was young, my cat Disco discovered a noise too and we sadly discovered that birds were getting in through the loft

I've been quite lucky with birds - the one that Molly (very proudly caught, incidentally while out on her lead!!) managed to just be in shock and live!
post #20 of 24
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I can only imagine what the youngsters are thinking and tittering about when they read some of these threads. I hope we don't lead them too far astray.
I imagine most of the think we're a bunch of silly old people. In today's world, innocence is harder to find than we think. Sadly.
post #21 of 24
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I imagine most of the think we're a bunch of silly old people. In today's world, innocence is harder to find than we think. Sadly.
Neet, does that make me a 'silly old person' as I know what Bluetits are and think they're lovely!

Although on that note, I did have a lot of people laugh at me when I wanted to show them the Tit Box I made
post #22 of 24
What a great hunter you have

Poor little birdy though..RIP little one.
post #23 of 24
I may have a gutter mind, but I like watching birds! I've even heard of bushtits!

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check the roof and the edges
Jenny,I was thinking that myself.
post #24 of 24
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Yes, I will give it a real going over. Part of the wall is covered with ivy so is difficult to check.
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