Date: 5/26/19 6:36 pm From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Dog fur is for the birds
A coworker, who has since retired, had a husky. I asked them if they would keep the fur when the big shed occurred and we kept it in a bag until late winter/early spring. We have a big suet cylinder which we never put suet in because it was so huge. But, for dog fur, it was ideal. We love watching chickadees and titmice, mostly, but the occasional White-breasted Nuthatch, fly in and grab fur for their nests. Next year, this will be an easy way to confirm breeding during the Breeding Bird Atlas!
On Sunday, May 26, 2019, 9:26:18 PM EDT, JAMES SPEICHER <jugornought...> wrote:
This appeared on the WV listserver and blew me away...never occurred to me...
Date: 5/26/19 6:28 am
From: Bruni Haydl...Charles Town, WV
Subject: Who knew?
The dog fur in my 4x4 cube suet holder was popular earlier with
Titmice and Chickadees and of late with female Baltimore Orioles. I
was surprised yesterday to see a female Goldfinch with a beak full of
fur. The male was nearby watching her do all the work. ;-) This is
the first time I have ever seen a Goldfinch taking fur.
Bruni remarked in a later personal email:
The dog fur is compliments of my friend's dog. He only gets a haircut
once a year so there is enough long fur to supply the whole state. A
neighbor, who has a Golden Retriever that always sheds in the spring,
also gave me some of his fur. For some reason the fur doesn't get
really soggy, even after a rain. Doesn't the goldfinch look like John
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