Tuesday, November 30, 2010

nesting boxes

I've just bought some nesting boxes. it's been a learning curve. One remarkable thing is that the native birds are neat nesters and the introduced species are messy. And that natives won't nest in the mess left behind by an introduced species. An odd little fact but maybe revealing something of the difference between the strategies of a "weedy" colonizing species and one adapted to the terroir. The other thing that interested about the notes that came with the boxes is that in Melbourne we should face our nesting boxes east as the cold weather comes from the south and the west and the sun warms an east facing entrance as it rises. A kind of a salute to the sun by the nester!