"I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."
Emily Dickinson

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

No dryer lint for nests!

If you would like to attract nesting birds to your yard, make sure it has plenty of nest sites and construction material.  Suet cages filled with appropriate nesting materials works great.

But avoid dryer lint!  Synthetic fibers become crumbly when it gets wet, then it dries hard.  Certain laundry detergents and fabric softeners can also leave harmful residues.
Offer the following instead:
  • dried leaves, twigs, and grass
  • pet fur that is NOT treated with flea and tick treatments
  • yarn, string or cloth cut into 4-8-inch strips
  • feathers
  • cotton batting
  • sheep's wool
Happy birding!
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