As a child growing up, our parents read us many books and always filled the house and the car with music. I recall sis and I singing and listening to country western, classical, and children’s music. The first songs that pop into my head when I think on this are Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Swan Lake, Mama Teach Me to Dance, and of course…ALL of the songs from Mary Poppins! Specifically….. Feed the Birds.
My mom sent me an idea to help the birds with their nest-building this spring. It was suggested that you add a mixture of cut strings, twigs, grass, feathers, pine needles, leaves. pebbles, mud ~ Just your every day bird supplies! I picked up my two dollar suet box, filled it and hung it in the big tree out front.
By the next morning the birds had already started shopping!
Watching nature at work is simply fascinating! And if you truly love the birds? Well, then be sure and make a visit to see Lorri over at the EFF Stop. Her images are amazing. As long as she keeps feeding the birds, they’ll keep posing for her!
Reminding you and “me” this day, to be nice to each other. It can make a difference. ♥ And a difference needs to me made ~
Cute post, made me smile :). I will be trying this idea soon
I did the first mow of the season yesterday. I smiled at every little string I found in the grass 😉
Awww too cute :). Don’t you love when something so minor can make you smile?
Simplicity of life is still the best wonder!
Yes it sure is!
What a great idea!
I love watching it empty out!
Great idea. I wonder if you will ever find any of the strings in one of the bird’s nests.
I hope so! I keep looking.
I love this idea! Making life a little easier for the birds and brightening up yours too – can’t wait to see some pictures of nests that have colourful bits of yarn woven in! 🙂
I keep looking! 😉
Love it and loved Lorri’s post today too!
😉 Lorri is an amazing photographer ~
yes and so are you!
I have fun trying…..thanks 😉
Thanks for the shout-out Paula – and for the great idea. I just bought an extra suet cage yesterday for orange slices for the orioles – I’m gonna put another up with supplies 🙂
You are so welcome. I love your blog and pics! Hubby was looking at your pics last night and asked me if I had told you about the nesting kit. So glad my mom shared it with us! 😉
I really appreciate that. It’s a really clever idea. My bluebirds are still working on their nests – I’m sure they could use the supplies. 🙂
What a great idea! I like the idea of helping the little guys out! 🙂
I do to! They work so hard at what they do.
What a brilliant idea … really love it … but I have only one concern – will not using so strong colors – make the nest more noticeable for predictors ??? Just a thought – because I know that if a canary bird escape he will be picked on by other birds … and often very badly injured.
But we can use natural colors that don’t stick out.
A good thought and question! They seem to really love the natural colored raffia a lot!
Your birds are smart … make sens that they don’t want to … colors, because they want to hide their nests.
Fantastic idea … will hang some out in our back yard … if I can find any raffia, can buy a cheap one.
My old pampas grass that we cut from last year….they love it as well. And it is FREE!
Not here .. mostly gardens and parks that have it .. but I think there is spot down by the seafront. Will have a look. Great idea.
I never thought of doing something like this, I know in the movie Sarah Plain and Tall she is cutting her sons’ hair and throws the cut hair out for the birds to build their nests. So many ways God can use us to care for His birds.
Isn’t it cool that He cares about even the little sparrow?
It sure is!
I also add dryer lint to the items I gather up for the birds to use. When we clean the birdhouses out each year, they seem to have used it as padding or a type of insulating material.
Never thought of that! Thanks for passing that on!
New International Version (©2011)
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Mathew 6:26
LOVE this verse ♥ thank you