We have a small collection of nests that have fallen from trees in our yard. We love to observe and learn what the birds used to build their nests.
We found this one on the floor of our apple orchard buried in the sycamore leaves-
Our crazy dog tore up her toy and left the stuffing behind……a happy little bird picked up the remains! Here’s a better view of the nest. Fluff, pine needles, and grass-
grass and thin plastic-
mud and grass-
This is from the sparrow’s nest that fell from the eve of our house, fluff, husky hair, grass, and seeds-
Today we set up a nesting station for our bird friends. We used our wicker plant hangers, filled them full of nesting material, and hung them from our tree. One basket has pine needles, dog fur and moss; one has grasses and leaves; and one has sewing scraps. We love sitting quietly and observing the birds that visit! So far they seem very intrigued by the sewing scrap basket; the most curious chickadee spent a lot of time on the edge of this basket today!
To make your own nesting station provide a variety of goodies from this list-
Yarn or string—cut into 4- to 8-inch pieces
Human or animal hair (especially horse hair)
Fur (dog, rabbit, or cat fur)
Plant fluff or down (e.g. cattail fluff, cottonwood down, milkweed fluff)
Poly-fill, cotton batting, or other stuffing material
Thin strips of cloth, about 1 inch wide by 6 inches long
Onion bag pieces
Mud- keep a muddy spot in your garden
I wanted to make something much more creative and pretty to hang in the trees, but time escaped me this week. However, Jen, from Paint Cut Paste, made the prettiest nest making holders using wire, a tennis ball, and wooden beads. Be sure to check out the rest of her amazing site for more great ideas to do with the kids!