Anyone who reads this blog knows that I am a card-carrying bird geek. I love them, I'm fascinated by them, I can't get enough of them. Same goes for bird's nests. I have one I bought in Tennessee many years ago (goes on the Christmas tree every year) and another I found after a windstorm, attached to a palm frond. And I bought this one on Saturday, at a really cool place to be blogged about tomorrow (an antique/curiosity/barn sale shop). So sweet...rather haphazard, but I'm sure it did the job nicely. Lots of materials utilized: animal hair (horse tail/mane?), twigs, straw, and even a bit of green webbing.
See the green plastic stuff? So amazing and cool.
But here's where the "fail" comes in: I saw a teeny bug on the tissue paper it was wrapped in, so I set it outside to sort of bake in the sun. I just thought, "hmmm, a little bug." I decided to google how to "sterilize" nests--I thought in the oven at low heat, freezing?
And then: I encountered a million gross sites about--wait for it--BIRD MITES!!!!! Gross little mites that infest birds (particularly baby birds) and their nests apparently continue to reside in the nests after the birds have flown the coop. And these mites will infest houses, people, dogs, etc. Absolute horror stories abound about infestations that nothing will cure short of a nuclear blast or an acid bath. Advice was along the lines of "put on a Hazmat suit, pick up your 10-foot-long-tongs, and seal those suckers away in a lead case."
So, sadly, I double-bagged the sweet little nest and put in in the garbage. And then had a hallucinogenic itch attack. The end.