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Archive for April 20th, 2014

Bird Nesting Boxes: Cleanout Time

Springtime moves the Bird Box Cleanout chore to the front of the to-do list…

Three different species used this box in succession:

Bird box - stacked nests

Bird box – stacked nests

Those tiny birds haul all this stuff into the boxes one twig / feather / strand at a time:

Bird box nests

Bird box nests

The big branches come from a pick-up-sticks session; we don’t have birds that big around here!

One nest sported a decorative yellow plastic ribbon that the bird surely regarded as a rather tough bit of grass:

Bird nest with plastic strand

Bird nest with plastic strand

They could handle this job on their own, but we think we can reduce the number of parasites by airing out the boxes. We should do the cleanout in the fall to provide nice empty cavities that they can use for winter shelter, but they seem perfectly happy to snuggle together atop the nests in the cold and the dark…

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