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    Question Tired Titmouse

    Hello, Im a newbie here, and only a couple years into birdwatching. Anyway, I have a tray feeder outside of my office window. (I live in SouthWest Missouri). A titmouse has repeatedly flown to the tray, laid down, spread its wings out, opened its beak and seems to be breathing heavy (like it is panting). At first, i thought it was dying in the feeder, but then it lays there for about 15-30 seconds, then grabs a seed and flies off. It has been doing this repeatedly. Strange behavior and I had never seen that before.

    Does anyone have an explanation for this behavior?

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    west kirby, wirral


    If I'd seen something like that happening here in UK I'd have thought the bird was 'sunning' as the posture sounds very similar. But I've never come across a bird collecting food in conjunction with this behaviour - and - do Titmice 'sunbathe'? At least it is staying still enough for some cracking views.
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