HW found one of the half dozen birdhouses I put up last spring on the ground. Its mounting stick had broken off.
Surprise! It had been occupied! The hole was customized too. I was pleasantly surprised and gratified – I saw NO sign of any of the birdhouses I put up being used, ever, but clearly, I was wrong. Cool!
We have lots of snags and I know of dozens of holes in trees, many known to have hosted bird families, around here, so I thought my birdhouses weren’t terribly necessary, with all the options at hand (or wing).
Now I´m going to have to make the round of birdhouses and check them all, see if they need cleaning. I kind of mounted them in trees at random.
Of course, I see some fibers in there that are familiar. There´s some polyester stuffing (cozy!) out of one of the dog´s blankets – a duvet that he opened up, and some of my string line that a mouse chewed.
The nest and the inside are pretty worse for wear, wet and gunky. Perhaps the house was lying on the ground for some time. The wood is soggy, but still smells like cedar, and I think will dry out fine for a respectable re-use.
There was a vacated chrysalis of unusual size attached to the roof of the house (inside). What the heck came out of that?