The Plastic-Bag Nesting Dog-Poo Bird

February 21, 2011 at 10:21 PM 4 comments

I have begun to notice the nests of this peculiar creature as I perambulate the countryside. It seems to like nesting in bushes, choosing a range of different colour nesting materials, but always favouring the neatly tied plastic bag. Some prefer the bag to be sufficiently thin and translucent that the eggs may be observed without disturbing them by opening the bag.

The Bush-Nesting Egg-Watching Dog-Poo Bird

Others are more secretive in nature, favouring the opaque nest.

The Bush-Nesting Secretive Dog-Poo Bird

Other species seem to prefer crevices in rocks, such as dry stone walls.

The Secretive Wall-Nesting Poo-Bird

If a crevice is unavailable, they may huddle beside a solitary rock, half buried in the soil.

The Frustrated Wall-Nester

How much better it would be if these were indeed the natural life-cycle processes of relatively innocuous, if rather unpleasantly named, little birds. Why can’t dog owners realise that this does not count!

OK the poo is in a bag. Big Deal! If you don’t actually put it in a bin as well, it lingers like this for goodness knows how long, prevented from biodegrading back into the soil, festering foully.

If you can be bothered to put the thing in a bag, why stop there? The little nests of the dog-poo bird are not pretty little adornments of the countryside, they are ugly pollution! Please put them in the bin where they belong.

The Ideal Home for the Dog-Poo Bird, a few hundred yards, if that, away from the Frustrated Wall-Nest. Poor little bird, it was so near, yet so far from where it would have been happiest.

I have never observed the birds laying these little brown eggs. I believe them to be secretive creatures, who might be shamed into finding a better home for their eggs were they to be noticed.

Have you seen any?


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. callydcfc  |  February 21, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    I’ve never seen this where there are dog bins. The usual explanation is in places where there aren’t dog bins. The owners don’t want to carry it all the way around their walk so they hook them onto trees and pick them up on the way back.

    • 2. knotrune  |  February 22, 2011 at 10:39 AM

      As long as they are picking them up! Some of them looked more like they’d been flung. Perhaps I should return and see if they have flown the nest 🙂

  • 3. Caroline  |  February 22, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    Irresponsible dog owners, one of my pet hates! Pun intended! There is a dog owner near us who is actually not just letting their dog poo without picking it up but letting their dog poo ON MY GARDEN!!!! Andrew and i have trodden in it on numerous occassions, i should not have to look where i am treading in my own garden to not step in dog poo! OUTRAGEOUS!!!! Especially when i leave for work in the dark. I never imagined i would have to pick up dog poo… When i dont own a dog!

  • 4. Fanny Agåker  |  March 2, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    I gotta agree with the previous speaker, irresponsible god owners are PESTS! They think they own the world!


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