Nest RobbersWednesday 12th April 2000
The fabric is stretchy, as you'd expect since it is held together by spider's webs. Flakes of green grey lichen are dotted about to give an effect like camouflage netting. What I thought were pieces of Cladonia lichen are actually small lengths of dry grass which seem to have been put in as stiffening around the top. Mixed in between the lichens are pieces of a feathery moss.
It's been recorded that 'up to 2,000 feathers' have been found incorporated into one of these nests. There are only about twenty small feathers, which may be from a pigeons wing, although it's possible some of the lining might have been removed.
I'm sorry to see all that work go to waste. My first thought, as it is so near the footpath, is that children might be responsible for pulling down the nest, but, when I think about it, it could just as easily be a Grey Squirrel, a Magpie or a woodpecker. It is quite likely that one or the other could have come across it in such an exposed situation.
Golden Saxifrage brightens the wet ground amongst the Crack Willows in the valley bottom.