Each year we have Tree Swallows and Violet-Green Swallows come to use our birdhouses for nest building.
This year I decided to give them some alternatives to the grass and moss we see them carry in.
I saved hair from my brush and cut yarn into short lengths. I separated the four-ply yarn lengths to make each section thinner and easier for the Swallows to fly with.
I used a small mesh bag that I got my onion sets in. I put the jumbled up yarn and hair inside the bag and used tweezers to pull some partway out to tantalize the birds.
|Using tweezers to pull yarn and hair through the mesh for easy grabbing.|
I hung the bag from the railing on our bridge to shore. This spot is almost directly under the birdhouses on the shed wall. I haven't seen any action yet, but birdhouse selection and nest building is still a week or so away.
|The mesh bag of nest building material hanging from the bridge railing.|
The All About Birds website has lots more information about attracting birds and helping them with nest building. Some addition items you can provide include: grass, leaves, twigs, fur, plant fluff, strips of cloth, and shredded paper. -- Margy