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Cow Skull Bird House
Ten years ago I hung an old cow skull on a steel wheel in front of a farm shed as a Halloween decoration. I left it there over winter. The following spring, when my wife said, “The skull has to go”, I had to tell her, “Absolutely not. There’s a wren making her nest in there and we’re going to see if she can raise a family.”
A few weeks went by and sure enough, 3 baby wrens hatched.  A few weeks later they flew off into the woods.  I haven’t moved the skull since then because every year there’s a wren who uses it. The sliding door for the shed goes behind the skull so when I open it, the wrens fly away. But they quickly return.
Our neighbors have 2 cats who watch the skull from a distance when they hear the baby birds, but they’ve never tried to get inside, even though the skull hangs just 3 ft. off the ground.  As of May, 2015, another wren is calling it home.
Lorn Manthey, Contributing Editor

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #4