Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Stay Clear of Bird Nests - You Attract Predators

From Down Nature's Trail newsletter

Raccoons learn quickly how to follow the scent of a human, because it often leads to something to eat. My daily path to the bird feeders leaves a scent that leads the coons to a tasty treat of bird seed. There's really nothing that can be done about it, it's something I just have to live with but keep in mind.

There are places that I walk where I don't want the coons to follow. The solution for me? Don't go near these places.

For example, there are several brush piles on the property, and the birds often build their nests concealed deep in the protection of the branches. I always try to avoid getting too close to these piles of sticks during the nesting season. I rarely go near a bird house during this time for the same reason -- I don't want to leave a scent trail for a predator to follow.

It doesn't make sense to me to provide a place for the birds, only to put them in jeopardy by inviting trouble to follow me.

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