I’m always looking for ways to not only encourage birds to visit my garden but to make them comfortable enough to stay a while. To feel secure, birds like access to trees, shrubs, flowers, and any other items they can safely perch, hide, rest, and nest upon.
If you are new to birding, it’s highly worthwhile to do some homework and learn about the best choices you can make for houses, feeders, and feed. It’s an unregulated market and there are a lot of useless and sometimes dangerous products available. If you understand what birds need and why, you can make suitable choices and place them strategically in your garden to prevent stressful competition for resources and unhealthy food choices. I lookup my questions at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and trust their information.
This spring I’ve been putting out various nesting materials free for the taking. It’s quite fun watch a bird come along, make a selection, and fly off with a length of ribbon or fluff to include in their nest construction.
Many gardeners mention that the number one favourite nesting material (according to most birds surveyed) is dog hair. If you’ve got a long-haired dog, brush that baby and save the hair for the birds. You can also try your own hair as well though it’s probably not quite as cuddly. No offence.
Here’s some suggestions for nesting material:
- yarn – not longer than 6″
- dry grass
- dog hair
- dry leaves
- shredded paper
You can place these items in:
- suet feeders
- kitchen whisks
- any little cage-like thingy that the birds can securely perch upon and shop from
I took this images while watching the BBC show Gardeners’ World during a segment featuringWildlife Kate. You can see her website and bird cams here: http://www.wildlifekate.co.uk/ . She’s got a garden packed with ideas for keeping the birds and other wildlife happy.
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