Date: 5/30/19 7:25 am
From: HAL MICHAEL <ucd880...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Nesting Black-throated Gray Warbler—Olympia
Lots of mammals are shedding now. The light color of those, and the length, suggest dog. We have a chickadee nest with human hair woven in.


Back when we raised fryer chickens the local Tree Swallows used lots of white feathers for their nests. They had a affinity for white feathers and supplied a bunch.


Long time ago we raised Zebra Finches in an outdoor aviary, in Sequim. They nested all through the winter. Nests were built in those little woven balls available at pet shops. Ours used duck feathers (body particularly, and down) that I tossed in. During cold spells the female would pull feathers in front of the opening, essentially making a down-lined ball to incubate in.


Hal Michael
Science Outreach Director, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation
Olympia WA
360-459-4005
360-791-7702 (C)
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> On May 30, 2019 at 7:07 AM dan&erika <danerika...> wrote:
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> On my blog, https://dantallmansbirdblog.blogspot.com, I have posted photos of a Black-throated Gray Warbler collecting nesting material. Can any of you identify what the warbler is collecting? Nests are lined with feathers, grass fibers, and/or animal hair ( Guzy and Lowther 2012 https://doi.org/10.2173/bna.319 ). I don’t know what this warbler is gathering—perhaps dog hair, as plenty of dogs were being escorted through tbe park. Any ideas?
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> Erika and I found this warbler on 27 May 2019 at the McLane Creek Nature Trail near Olympia, The bird collected objects from the ground along our path. Females are apparently entirely responsible for nest building and incubation. Males’ only contribution is to scold the female while she works.
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