Bark-stripping mystery animal. What should I do? (with pictures)
Well actually the pictures are over in the Bird forum:
I posted there, trying to figure out what type of animal had stripped the bark off 10 to 15 .5" to 1" diameter branches to build a nest in my 30+ ft little leaf linden.
In the end, we came down to two possibilities. The bark was either used by a Grey Squirrel to build a nest on the base of an old bird nest, or the bark was used as the inner lining of an American Crow's nest.
Either way, I was wondering what I should do. Do I need to remove the remainder of the nest to discourage further bark stripping? Should I try to get rid of the animal? Will just pruning those branches be enough? The tree is very dense and wouldn't suffer from pruning. It must have 500-1000 branches that size. It does suffer from aphids in the summer, which I've not gotten completely under control, but it seems otherwise very healthy.