Have you ever found an old bird nest?
Did you a take a close look?
You will be amazed at what you find.
Birds will use many things to build a nest. A few of the odd items that I have found are:
Bird nests are simple, but also an amazing example of engineering. Consider that birds will primarily use only their beaks for construction.
So what can you do to help?
After mounting the nest box, place some wood chips in the bottom. Some birds will use the chips to start their nests; others will build on top them. Be careful to use only natural wood chips with no stain or coloring added.
All items, such as yarn and cloth, should be around 3 to 4 inches long. Long strands may entangle adult birds and nestlings and cause them to be strangled.
It is very important not to offer plastic or nylon in any form, including fishing line. Once you have gathered the materials that you will be using, get an empty suet feeder. Then put as many items as you can into the basket and hang it near your bird nest box.
Bird nest building can take from a week to several weeks. Be sure to keep the basket full.
Providing the right nest box and nesting materials will help the wild birds, with nest construction. But there is more that you can do.
Consider how hard the parent birds must work to build their nest. They will make a thousand or more trips while searching for materials. All of this work uses a lot of energy. You need to make sure to keep your bird feeders full during the nest-building season, which lasts from early spring until late summer.
Including your children in this project will be a lot of fun. They will be fascinated seeing the parent birds pulling the materials from the suet basket and taking them into your bird house.
At the end of the season, once the birds have left the nest, you will need to clean out your nest box. Everyone can enjoy inspecting the nest to see how the materials were used in the construction.
Jan 11, 17 10:20 AM
Woke up yesterday morning to find a group of about a dozen of these large-breasted birds with proportionately small heads and a long tail. Suburban Southern
Dec 31, 16 08:25 PM
I live near Albany, New York and I was wondering why these past 2 years we haven't seen any cardinals. Is it because the winters have been to mild. The
Dec 31, 16 08:23 PM
We have lived in this home for 12 years and have had a pair of Pileateds coming to our feeders every year all winter long. They are here all year round.