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Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Recycling Anti Bird Spikes

Aloha Everyone,

Originally meant to keep birds from perching or nesting, Crows and Magpies are recycling metal spikes to protect their nests.

The two of us have seen peoples’ homes made of recycled plastic milk bottles, metal sheets taken from highway billboards, bricks fashioned from dirt and straw. In Eastern European and Middle Eastern Countries, long straws and combed wheat reefs are common building materials. Many churches and castles are built upon the ruins of prior inhabitants. The occupants recycle stone and marbles, wooden beams, animal hides, ceramics and earthen shards adding their own history.

Not as impressive as this example of nests made of recycled nails and spike, a small sparrow’s nest built on a w-shaped branches of Perennial Achilles Shrub in front of our kitchen window has hosted numerous inhabitants. All of these birds bring their own brands of decorations including their own feathers and leaves and flowers. Most peculiar one I witnessed was of Anna’s Hummingbird which sat on solo egg lined with M&M chocolate wrapper. Shortly after the baby took its flight, the nest became empty to be recycled by another creature.

Aloha -- Cathi