Sunday, January 16, 2011

Fiber Nester Disappearance

 You may remember in December I made a Fiber Nester for birds to take fibers and make their nests. It was hanging up for several weeks and then last week I noticed it was gone. I thought the wind blew it down so I was looking around on the ground for it. I couldn't find it. Finally, I went out to have a better look.
And this is what I found. This is a branch from the same tree that it was hanging on. It is torn open with lots of fibers missing and draped over the branch. I thought maybe it was squirrels. They got cold and needed some extra insulation. My husband thinks it was a pack rat. What do you think?

I'm going to make some more and put them out closer to spring. I am going to make one with neutral, natural fibers and one with colored fibers. It will be experiment to see which the birds prefer. When I originally posted this, someone suggested they wouldn't take the colored fibers as it would draw predators to their nests. So we'll see. More later...


WoolenSails said...

It is funny what you find in nests, most of the ones here are from the hay in the fields, but sometimes we find things from the yard. Last year I laid out a rug to dry and forgot about it. A week later, I went out and found a huge hole in it, so I guess they like wool strips too;)



I lo e the concept of doing this. I would tend to say raccoons -- at least that's our major culprit here is Western Washington. Could be ratz or mice too though I guess. I wonder what would happen if I did that here? Guess I am going to have to try it and see -- errrrhhh if the sun ever returns anyway !