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Old 19-06-2012, 20:08   #1
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Squatter moved onto my boat.

OK. I really, really need to finish the refit and get back in the water. Went out to the boat last night to work on the wiring and found a this guy moved on board while I wasn't looking.
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Old 19-06-2012, 20:13   #2
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Re: Squatter moved onto my boat.

Some nerve!!!! Prolly hit by the economy too! have a heart, looks harmless and quite settled!
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Old 19-06-2012, 20:16   #3
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Re: Squatter moved onto my boat.

Just charge him rent, although it looks like he already has the bill. "Groan"

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Some nerve!!!! Prolly hit by the economy too! have a heart, looks harmless and quite settled!
Settled is right. Looked when my little buddy left the nest this morning and found three eggs. Too small to make much of an omelet so guess I'll let'em stay.
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Old 19-06-2012, 20:26   #5
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Just charge him rent, although it looks like he already has the bill. "Groan"

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The bill. Groan is right but don't think it's a he considering the eggs. Rent will have to be on the family plan.
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Re: Squatter moved onto my boat.

Is that a Carolina Wren? She could be a good addition to the boat,, they are fun to watch and eat a lot of bugs..
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Old 19-06-2012, 21:22   #7
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Is that a Carolina Wren? She could be a good addition to the boat,, they are fun to watch and eat a lot of bugs..
I do believe it is. We have several around the yard at home and they do stay busy all day long chasing bugs. Might be a new way to keep roaches off the boat.
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I do believe it is. We have several around the yard at home and they do stay busy all day long chasing bugs. Might be a new way to keep roaches off the boat.
Yes, they are ground foragers. They'll eat spiders as well.

The good news is that they're solitary nesters.
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Re: Squatter moved onto my boat.

This is why my boom end now has a rolled up towel stuffed in it. You can't imagine my expression when I gybed and a previously silent pair of little barn swallows burst out sending nesting material everywhere.

I don't think they got to egg-laying yet, so I suspect I wrecked their honeymoon.
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Re: Squatter moved onto my boat.

Cute...

.....although this was not the picture that came to mind when i read the thread title, so thankfully the suggestions i was going to put forward regarding the disposal of bodies on a dark night will not be required....
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Re: Squatter moved onto my boat.

Myh first thought was THAT IS WHAT BACKHOES ARE FOR, went away as I read more. Little birds dont hurt the environment much or at least I dont think they do. I may have introduced connecticute wood ants to Antigua in the late 80s. A few days after we arrived in Antigua we sailed to Green Island and went through the lazzerett and found a sailbag full of Connecticute wood ants and tossed it overboard with a line attached. I watcheded as many wood ants floated away, wondering if they would thrive on the island and create more problems than the natural bugs did? Another study in Darwinism. ____Grant.
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This is why my boom end now has a rolled up towel stuffed in it. You can't imagine my expression when I gybed and a previously silent pair of little barn swallows burst out sending nesting material everywhere.

I don't think they got to egg-laying yet, so I suspect I wrecked their honeymoon.
I had already plugged my mast base when I found the beginnings of a nest there. Guess they showed me.
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Re: Squatter moved onto my boat.

Doesn't it give you a good feeling to realise that, in spite of what we are doing to their world, some of them still trust us close by.
Of Course, I could do without the mud-daubers in my stowed sails.
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For the past two years I've had birds nests built in the spare tire of my Jeep. Last year I didn't find it until the birds were almost grown. I didn't realize it was a nest until one of the birds plopped out on the ground as I was cleaning it out.

This year i've found two. Fortunately I caught these before any eggs were laid.
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