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Birds make cigarette butt nests

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Birds are keeping their nests warm and pest-free by lining them with cigarette butts, research at St Andrews University has suggested.

The nicotine and other chemicals in discarded filters act as a natural pesticide that repels parasitic mites.

At the same time, the cellulose butts provide useful nest insulation.

Wild birds are also known to protect their nests from mite invasion by importing certain chemical-emitting plants.

The new evidence suggests some bird species in the cities have adapted the same behaviour to harness the repellent properties of tobacco.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...t-fife-20607413

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I have used tobacco to make homemade bug spray for my flowers. Works really well, too. Think about it when you're smoking one. I don't use it on my food plants, though.

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Although the nicoteen residue in the filters may act as an pesticide, I hate to think what exposure to the nicoteen may have on eggs and chicks long term.

Smoking is gross. (can't believe I did it for so many years)

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Although the nicoteen residue in the filters may act as an pesticide, I hate to think what exposure to the nicoteen may have on eggs and chicks long term.

I wouldn't worry about it until you start seeing this.

Bird-Smoking-a-Cigarette.jpg

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They certainly are resourceful creatures.

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Ah, that pretty cool. Glad they can make use of some of the excess garbage we have on our streets. Just hope they don't get addicted to the nicotine haha.

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Well, at least they didn't go after my weed. :w00t:

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old world sparrows trying to adapt and go modern :rolleyes:

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Whoever penned the term " birdbrain" clearly has a IQ in single digits.

I feel like committing the perfect crime to mess with the Litterati's heads.

Say I'm in the town centre and I'm smoking a cigarette.

Well I'm going to have one of these dog-end hoarders accompany me.

And when I've done I'll pass the cigarette to the bird and let nature take it's course.

If there's any Liitterati snoops they just won't believe their eyes.

Of course I'm going to have an eagle on lookout duty.

Hilarity aside, Bowerbirds are actually past masters of building their nests with household items,

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Well, at least they didn't go after my weed. :w00t:

I personally had a cat and a crow sneak in to eat my crop on the daily. Some animals just like getting smashed and sometimes it is hilarious. Another reason why I find animals to be mostly human without thumbs yet oh so delicious when I'm hungry. (not saying that I eat cats, crows, or eluding to cannibalism).

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Here's a terrifying thought...

What about all those snidy black market cigarettes they smuggle in from Eastern Europe.

They are inundated with all types of insidious stuff.Most of it illegal here.

Some of these contraband cigarettes could be lurking in your off-license.

Chances are you'll probably breathe in all these chemicals before you get to the filter.

However I don't and some traces might remain.

Regardless of what I've said I won't be offering a bird my ashtray any time soon.

Edited by Walnut Whip

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Has anybody seen an ashtray saturated with water?

All this horrid tar floats to the top and forms this black gloop.

The kind of stuff that's detrimental to a birds welfare.

But there's nothing to stop them decorating their nests though.

Let's hope that's all they do.

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Very crafty of them.. I could imagine how comfy the filters might be. :whistle:

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