If you wish to put out nesting materials for wild birds, do your homework first and be certain that they are indeed safe and beneficial for the birds.
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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.
Besides providing various types of bird feeders, seed, and water, you can also offer nesting boxes and nesting material.
As mentioned, this idea requires research first to ensure anything you offer is safe. Birds may be attracted to things like yarn that, if the pieces are too long, can become entangled on their feet and cause terrible problems or death.
Please take these ideas as suggestions to be investigated only.
I look up 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. Dogs are softer!
Here’s some suggestions for nesting material
- yarn – not longer than 4″ in natural colours only: must blend into surroundings
- 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.
Window Nesting Box
- Three Suction Cups Provide Stable Mounting (Clean Window Prior to Mounting)
- Educational and Fun
- Handcrafted from Eastern White Pine
- 9″h x 6-1/4″w x 5″d
- Made in Maine
- See the Coveside Window Nest Box
No matter what, please make choices you know are safe for the birds and when in doubt, just leave them be.
~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛
Make Proper Nesting Boxes for Wild Birds