As you can tell by the few posts we squirrels are managing to get out in a week, we are starting our winder slowdown. Nutmeg and I are thinking we will go on hiatus this week. We’ve done this the last few winters, if you are new to The Squirrel Nutwork.
So here’s a mystery for today, a little something we ran across on the side of a wagon:
And another view:
Who do you gathered these materials? And why?
Leave me your guesses in the comments. I’ll check back later!
We had a guess that it might be a field mouse nest. In fact, that’s what we squirrels originally thought. But then Nutmeg and I reviewed the mouse nests we’ve seen compared to bird nests. Mouse nests are almost always grass, or grass and one other material, like moss or sometimes a bit of discarded human material.
Take a look at this nest again.
Grass, pine needles, moss, bits of leaf, the veins of leaves, plastic, the lacy roots on top. This is quite a collection! One bird who collects many materials and really builds more of a nest than it needs, is the wren.
We aren’t sure if this was built by a Carolina Wren or a House Wren, so if any of you human readers have a firmer idea than we do, please write to us!