What are the Big Ball of Leaves in Missouri Trees? It’s Not Birds
I have seen this so often in Missouri, I just figured it was a big birds nest, but I was wrong. Have you seen the big ball of leaves and sticks in your Missouri trees and wondered what's going on? It's not bird's nest that you're looking at.
My family doesn't live that far from the Mississippi River in Missouri and we see all kinds of birds including big ones like hawks, vultures and even a few eagles. That's why when I saw scenes like this in nearby trees, I figured it was a big bird's nest. It is not.
If they're not bird's nests, what are the big balls of leaves and sticks in Missouri trees?
The Missouri Department of Conservation says squirrel mating season is in late December into early January. These nests are built as these animals prepare for that time. If you have lots of eastern gray squirrels and eastern fox squirrels in your neighborhood, you are no doubt already seeing nests high up in the trees.
Another grand Missouri wildlife mystery solved.
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