On February 24, 2018, a long-tailed tit (エナガ) struggled to remove insect cocoon material from the left side of its head, neck, and wing. I was able to take a sequence of photographs as the bird rubbed itself against a branch.

Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)

Eventually the bird managed to remove the material. It was quite an accomplishment without hands.

Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)
Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus, エナガ)

See more photos in my Flickr photostream or one of my albums.

Published by Greg Peterson

Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Notre Dame University. I have retired from full-time service (1977-2014) and now offer weekly lectures in interpersonal and intercultural communication. Since 1980 I have lived in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, where I enjoy outdoor activities, especially photography, hiking, and cycling.

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