Mysterious happenings

Hi, this is a strange one. I have a shrub app 2mtrs from our fishpond, I think it's a Black Phoebe, strange name as it has white spongy puff balls. Over the past few nights a dozen or so of these puff balls have appeared right next to the pond edge & appear to have been broken up. None are actually in the pond. The first time we saw this I swept them away, but they were back the following morning? What on earth is going on. The only wildlife we have around are Squirrel, Magpie & Rooks plus the usual array of birds oh! & the odd cat taking a short cut. All the pods taken from the plant are deposited next to the pond, none are on the ground around the plant. This is weird. Any thoughts are appreciated.

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  • gsdfandfgsdfandf Posts: 78

    I didn't remove the pods yesterday, this morning there are more heaped on top of the others. Spooky!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,806

    Don't know any shrub called a Black Phoebe - is it a snowberry? 

    http://www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk/forums/wildflowers/74325-snowberry.htm  

     

    The berries usually fall and because they are light they blow about in the wind - they are sometimes eaten by pheasants but usually only in hard weather as they are quite bitter.  Perhaps yours have been tried and rejected .

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Black Phoebe is a bird (USA). Can you post a photo, or describe your shrub in more detail, please?

  • Could these 'puffballs' be the seedheads of japanese anemone?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    a picture would helpimage

  • gsdfandfgsdfandf Posts: 78

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    Hi, sorry for the late reply, but the "instant notifier email" hasn't worked. Yes it's a Snowberry, dunno where I got Black Phoebe from, (senior moment) I really can't see them being blown into a neat pile & none end up in the pond. Something is definitely moving them. The 1st pic is before a pile was formed, as I didn't move them after moving them when they first appeared. The 2nd pic shows an almost bare bush. PS The culprit isn't the tortoise next to the pond!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    Mice make little caches fruits, eaten and half eaten, but they're usually hidden away.

  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Magpies dunk bread in water, wonder if you have a silly one that thinks it's bread. Think it must be birds if higher up the plant is being stripped. image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,255

    It was the over-night thing that made me think rodent rather than bird KEF. 

    Mice are good climbers

  • addictaddict Posts: 659

    The berries are poisonous to most but foxes and squirrels eat them. Could either of those be the culprit? 

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