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Mystery Nest

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I have found several of these nests, always in winter, when leaves are gone and the nests are visible.  They have all been built in shrubs that are on the edge of cornfields, near large bodies of water.  Each nest measures approximately 12” x 12” and there is one side entrance that is about 1 ½” in diameter.  The base consists largely of grape vines cemented together with a bit of mud.  On top of this layer  there is a thick layer of leaves and at the very top are several inches of  finely-shredded plant material. Soft, shredded plant fibers and leaves line the single inner cavity.  Mice, rats or squirrels are the likely builders, but I do not know which.  If anyone has ever found one of these nests occupied, I would love to know the resident’s identity!

One response

  1. Brenda Sloane

    How about a Cooper’s hawk? We have several in Falmouth near Otis Air Force Base on Cape Cod. I believe they return to a nest or build one nearby.

    January 9, 2012 at 8:51 pm

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