On January 10th, Win found his farm cat battering a Golden Mouse. He was able to rescue
it before it was seriously injured by the cat. I had been hoping to get a specimen to photograph for the
last several years.
Win told me of an interesting bird encounter that he witnessed on January 27th. Unfortunately, he
did not capture the event on video. He noticed a Tufted Titmouse busily moving about in a clump of smilax
vines. The vines were heavy with red berries. After a few minutes, a Carolina Wren emerged from deep in the vines
and began confronting the Titmouse. After much mutual verbal abuse, the two birds began to scuffle. The Titmouse
apparently won and the Wren retreated into the vines. As the Titmouse strutted with pride of victory, a male
Cooper's Hawk dived into the vines after the Titmouse. The hawk's attack was unsuccessful and it flew away. Neither
song bird showed itself again.