Nov 25, 2008

String: String Stories


Used to be that a package you mailed had to be wrapped in layers of heavy brown paper and tied securely with twine, a coarse, 2- or 3-ply string. Now you can’t use string. You have to tape your packages, because Post Office regulations say that string can cause problems, catch on edges of things, and isn’t secure. Oh.

Birds, however, continue to find string quite useful for building nests. Not every species does, but the Tufted Titmouse, Pygmy Nuthatch, Purple Martin and European Starling use string for nest construction, as well as tufts of stray cat fur, cigarette butts, cellophane and molted snakeskin.

A House Finch does not use string. It often nests in wreaths on doors.