Nest Building

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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59 Responses to Nest Building

  1. Yes, indeed! No wool, but plenty of natural building materials in our yard by the woods.

  2. Dale says:

    I used to leave Zeke’s fur out for the birds – when I brushed him!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Yes, our dog’s fur is quite popular, too. I save the brushings all year to fill several bags of it with enough to share with a friend. I like imagining nestlings all cozy in her warm fur. 🙂

      • Dale says:

        Should I ever be crazy enough to get another dog, I shall ensure I do the same. It must make the nest rather nice!

  3. Bentley’s wool would not weave very well. 🙂 But most else we have aplenty. So far our annual pair of Phoebes haven’t arrived and we are sort of hoping they nest elsewhere as we’ve been meaning to paint the shed where they build and haven’t been able to so as not to disturb them. Not sure why we consider spring as the only time to paint. 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I’ve always been a late summer painting type, more from procrastination than anything… fall is coming, and I’m running out of time!
      Hope the phoebes come all the same. Ours arrived only this weekend.

  4. Dee Min says:

    Anything to help nature help herself (especially since we rob her of so much)

  5. Prior... says:

    Such a lovely image and words
    We recently had a best Beijing built so
    Low that the dogs would have gotten to it – so
    I spent a half hour putting some green garden fence around it- but it looks like the birds went elsewhere !
    Well better now rather than after the eggs were dropped – but I feel bad because the nest was almost completed!

  6. shoreacres says:

    I still remember the hilarious video a friend made of bluejays flying down to pluck nesting material from the back of her exceptionally long-haired cat! Nature will find a way, but I’m sure the cat would have appreciated a little extra help from humans!

  7. Kris P says:

    I tried to help the crows collect strands of the peppermint willow they seem to like for nest building but they utterly ignored the pile I left. Apparently I didn’t select stems of the right size, heft or something!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      The material I find quite popular is our dog’s very soft fur, which I keep from her semi-annual sheds. I like to think of little baby birds nestled in that soft warmth. 🙂

  8. Treah Pichette says:

    I watched a pair of bluebirds checking out one of our nest boxes yesterday…..a sure sign of spring!

  9. China Dream says:

    what a great idea and reminder… good morning Eliza.. thank YOU.. waves a virtual hug your way..

  10. naturebackin says:

    Lovely pic and good advice! (And spider webs and grasses too can be important for binding nesting materials.) It must be lovely watching the increasing springtime activities.

  11. Tina says:

    Those little mamas and dads work so tirelessly building! They’re fun to watch!

  12. Yes! 🐦 Love listening to the songbirds this time of year.

  13. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    A beautiful photograph and message Eliza! 💗

  14. Excellent message and sweet photo!

  15. dianaed14 says:

    Makes you realize how hard birds work to build their nests

  16. Debbie says:

    I used to leave Dallas’ excess fur outside so the birds would have something soft to line their nests with. I haven’t done that yet with Monkey, but I’m hoping he’ll settle down one day and let me groom him. Thus far, he prefers making me spend money at the groomer’s, ha! Good reminder, Eliza.

  17. Good prompt! I used to leave Sadie’s dog hair out for nest building, but was never sure if it was used or the wind took it from the dispenser 🤣

  18. Cathy says:

    Haha, we have plenty of mess for the birds here! LOL!

  19. Adele Brand says:

    Mud, moss, spider webs 🙂 – I would just say a small caveat for pet fur, in that if the dog or cat has had spot-on flea treatment, that can be harmful for birds.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Yes, good point Adele. Our dog sheds in July and January. I keep only the Jan. shedding as we no longer are using treatments in the fall. The July shedding gets trashed.

  20. Have you actually put things outside for that purpose? If so, have the birds shown a preference for any in particular?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I’ve tried yarn and string, but it is our fluffy dog fur that is a hot item. They go through a couple of net bags a season. Grass, shredded grapevine bark, moss and mud seems to be what I’ve observed in nests around here.

  21. Maria says:

    After grooming then horses (that I once had) I often watched birds snatch the hair off the ground after I cleaned the brushes.

  22. Jet Eliot says:

    I so loved this poster, Eliza, reminding folks of the birds and their big season. I am always so intrigued with what I find in the nest boxes after the birds have all fledged. I take the hair from my own hair brush and tuck it around the leaf piles and always find it in the nests. Cheers, my friend.

  23. It’s that time of year! We have a mesh ball filled with wool hanging from one of our trees.

  24. That’s a lovely reminder to help our feathered friends with their construction needs.

  25. Isha says:

    Great advice! Mother Nature, as usual, works through her chosen Eliza ❤️❤️

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