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Old 07-04-2010, 03:47 PM   #61
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Thanks for the bird nesting tip Loris!

Early this spring I noticed that the birds kept pulling something from my chain link fence. They were yanking off the hardened tendrils from gourd vines that I had grown the previous summer.

I was surprised because I had never considered that as something a bird would use to build a nest.

It was really fun to watch because the old gourd tendrils from the vines are really stuck on the fence. They grabbed hold and and yanked for a good couple of minutes, flew off with dried tendrils in their beaks, then returned for more.

Actually the birdies did me a big favor, because I never had to pick any of the old dried gourd tendrils (the little curly things) off my fence. This season I'm growing cucumbers up my chain link fence. I wonder if the birds will snatch the the cucumber tendrils next spring?

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Old 07-05-2010, 11:21 AM   #62
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BooBooBearBecky,

I wouldn't have guessed they would have liked the gourd vines. Then again I saw one strand in a robin's nest which was shiny and blue. I'm not sure what it was, but I'm guessing it was a piece of food packaging.

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Old 07-05-2010, 11:22 PM   #63
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BooBooBearBecky,

I wouldn't have guessed they would have liked the gourd vines. Then again I saw one strand in a robin's nest which was shiny and blue. I'm not sure what it was, but I'm guessing it was a piece of food packaging.

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Loris,
The gourd vines have long since decayed in my compost pile. It was the little tendrils (the tiny little curly things) attached all over my fence that the birds were yanking off and flying away with.

Although I did get a giggle from you comment. I imagined a small bird flying off with a 10 ft. gourd vine. (NOT!)
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