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    that bird...was so cute. you should've taken advantage of the time it was on there to take more pictures of it. and send them to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
    Wrens, starlings, or English sparrows?

    if it's wrens, then that might be one of the many nests the male wren built to interest the female wren. She will pick the one she likes and completely dismantle the nest and rebuild it. (Which means the rejected nests will be abandoned.)

    If it's starlings or house sparrows AND you're in the US, you have my sympathy, but the birds don't. Those are invasive species from Europe and are some of the few songbirds that are not protected from being hunted. (IIRC--check your local laws.) Starlings and house sparrows deprive native cavity nesters of nesting space.
    Does a starling or house sparrow count as a songbird? I dont think starlings make an attractive noise, and sparrows just repeat "cheep cheep!" indefinitely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    Does a starling or house sparrow count as a songbird? I dont think starlings make an attractive noise, and sparrows just repeat "cheep cheep!" indefinitely.

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    Yeah, they do count as songbirds. So do shrikes and, IIRC, blue jays and crows. (I miss shrikes--meadow birds.)

    Songbirds are pretty much any passerine--generally, any perching bird.

    Actually, all the discussion about Shakespeare is appropriate. If it weren't for some lunatic thinking that all the birds mentioned in Shakespeare should be imported into the US, we wouldn't have the great plague of Starlings that we do.

    House sparrows probably came here with boats, though, accidentally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rivercrow View Post
    Yeah, they do count as songbirds. So do shrikes and, IIRC, blue jays and crows. (I miss shrikes--meadow birds.)

    Songbirds are pretty much any passerine--generally, any perching bird.

    Actually, all the discussion about Shakespeare is appropriate. If it weren't for some lunatic thinking that all the birds mentioned in Shakespeare should be imported into the US, we wouldn't have the great plague of Starlings that we do.

    House sparrows probably came here with boats, though, accidentally.

    Yes, that sucked didn't it. Just one pair of starlings in Central Park or similar, as I remember. Still, it goes hand in hand with the mass extinction of the passenger pigeon, largely for fun(!)

    I am impressed with the House sparrows, they do well to manipulate the sails, and all, what with their little wings and beaks

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    What did you end up doing about your dryer hose nest, Rajah? (I'd just get a new dryer hose, I think...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    What did you end up doing about your dryer hose nest, Rajah? (I'd just get a new dryer hose, I think...)
    Okay, I'm feeling really terrible about this.

    Removed nest and lots of feathers, which were clogging the hose. But found 3 eggs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rajah View Post
    Okay, I'm feeling really terrible about this.

    Removed nest and lots of feathers, which were clogging the hose. But found 3 eggs.
    They were probably cooked by the dryer steam anyway...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivy View Post
    They were probably cooked by the dryer steam anyway...
    So... I should have had breakfast.




    Great! Now I feel worse! :P


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    At least it wasn't a possum in the dryer....that happened to an art prof of mine. What a mess to clean up.
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    Oh, that's nasty.

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