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a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Wild bird nest material

I want to put nesting material out to help with the nest building. I'm thinking hair from hairbrushes, yarn, paper strips and maybe cotton. Does anyone know what the best thing to put out would be? What should I avoid putting out there for them? How early should I start doing so? – Thanks

Alpaca wool has microscopic air pockets that make it an excellent insulator.
It’s lightweight and durable and also repels water and dries quickly.
Supplies a soft, warm interior for bird nests –
and lets you watch nesting activities from your window.
Simply hang near your bird feeders or bird houses.
The birds that winter in our area, (chickadees, bluebirds, titmice, house finches, sparrows, and cardinals) may begin collecting nesting material as early as March.

It depends a lot on the weather. They are looking for potential nest sites now and as soon as the weather permits they will begin nest building. If bad weather rolls in they will suspend building until it rolls out again.

Birds that migrate further south for the winter, (wrens, hummingbirds, swallows, orioles, buntings, grosbeaks, and warblers) usually become situated in their summer territories and look for nesting material in May.

Some birds have only one family. Others can have two or three clutches and will look for more nesting material throughout the summer. And the American Goldfinches don’t even begin to nest until late summer. So it is good to have nesting material out from March until October to attract a wide variety of birds to nest in your area.

At Wild Birds Unlimited East Lansing, MI store we have cotton nesting balls, bison down bags, alpaca wool, and Birdie bells full of grasses, cotton, animal hair and feathers. Or you can collect: twigs, cotton or wool yarn cut less than 3 inches, human hair or animal fur, feathers or dried decorative grasses. Thread, plastic material and lint are the 3 big no, nos for nesting material.
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