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Bird Nest Material Basket

Bird Nest Material Basket

When I was a child, we threw bits of leftover yarn onto the lawn for the birds. In a few weeks, the yarn was gone. There are other ways of sharing nesting material with the birds. If you are concerned that cats might attack the birds while they are collecting your offerings or adults see throwing string on the grass as a mess, you can gather your collection of string, yarn, wool or ribbons in a pot (as seen in the photo above). Be sure that the items that you offer the birds are biodegardable. That means all of the items are natural and turn into soil over time. It would be sad to have baby birds choking on plastic that it found in it’s nest.

Remember that spring can be pretty wet so be sure that your containers have drainage holes so that your nesting materials don’t turn into a mushy mess. Some of the items that you choose to turn into a bird nest basket won’t come with string to hang it from a branch. You will need to tie pieces of sturdy string to these items to Get an adult to help you hang your collection in a tree or on a hook high above the ground in early spring and watch as your offerings slowly disappears. It’s fun to walk around your neighborhood looking for nests that you helped to build.

Nesting material:

  • wool
  • yarn cut into 3 inch pieces
  • ribbon cut into 3 inch pieces
  • cotton string cut into 3 inch pieces
  • lace cut into 3 inch strips
  • dried grass blades
  • cattail fluff
  • cotton pillow stuffing
  • small feathers

Containers to Turn into Nesting Material Baskets:

  • strawberry baskets
  • onion sacks
  • wire suet holders
  • woven baskets
  • empty hanging planters
  • pots with drainage holes

Sue Sierralupe

Sue Sierralupé is a Certified Master Herbalist, Master Gardener and Sustainable Landscape Specialist. She is the clinic manager and lead herbalist at Occupy Medical clinic. Sue is author of The Pocket Herbal: Medicinal Plants that Changed the World and co-author of The Practical Herbalist Herbal Folios series. Follow her blog at Herbalism Manifesto for commentary on herbs, parenting, nutrition and a whole lot more.


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