"A Little Tip To Help Our Nesting Birds

I have just purchased a Terraccota Pot with nesting wool to help
our feathered friends to keep their nests warm.

I was given a tip from a friend that when container needs refilling
instead of purchasing new refills of wool each time ~ All you need
to do is collect all the fluff from your Tumble Dryer filter which is
quite safe to use, as well as being economical. So, i thought i
would pass it on to you all.

It does not take much, for us to help our little feathered friends
& this is the time that they really, do need our help….

Comments

4 Mar, 2011
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littlewren said:

thanks for that FP.....I certainly have plenty of that.....I cannot remember but someone on the site asked the question was it safe?I suppose the birds know themselves whats right and whats not.....will put some out myself and wait and see what happens......

4 Mar, 2011
Dscf1248

I did have a few doubts on safety regarding this issue littlewren
but i have seen this tip given on a site recently which is quite
large & popular. But, i am sure the birds as you say will only take
what is required by them...I have seen some little birds foraging
through my dormant grasses which, i leave untidy until late
Spring for them to use, they seem to take quite a while sorting out the best bits & quite fussy with it too...lol

4 Mar, 2011
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peterc said:

We were given a terracotta pot and wool for Christmas by a great niece with a sense of humour and hung it up today. Should make for some amusing moments as birds try to tease out the fibres which seem to be very long and tangled. Watch out for bluetits etc with long beards!!!

4 Mar, 2011
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lincslass said:

Oh!!!! its never occurred to me to collect the fluff for the birds, have to admit I often put it into my compost bin, I`ll give it a go, I always leave my Pampas grass until the birds have finished, they have a whale of a time on there tearing out the fronds...

4 Mar, 2011
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jane said:

Lovely blog Freesia. Heard a tap tap tapping on the cottage roof the other day....it was the rooks stripping moss off to line their nests !! The blackbirds collect it too...and pull up boggy plants from around the pond...to get to the mud !! Lol... Putting up an old mesh nut feeder full of cat hairs soon...should be fun watching for takers and seeing "flying fur"....lol... Good luck with yours...and it may help you see where the nests are being built as your watch where it is taken !!

5 Mar, 2011
Dscf1248

What a thoughtful present you recieved from your great niece even if she has a sense of humour. I had a laugh to myself after
putting mine out. The next day i took a peep to see if they had taken any, to my surprise it looked like they, had a field day most had gone, not much left at all....I felt quite pleased with myself Peterc, looks like i can look forward to a lot of little fledglings in the near future....lol

I am glad to have informed you of my tip Linclass, it does help
when we can give our tips regarding Birds & Wildlife...Yes i do agree with you they do seem to make a bit of a mess with the
grasses, they only seem to select the best fronds as you say,
'great little creatures of comfort, only the best for them....lol

Thanks jane, It's so funny how they take what they want, i should
imagine it is a bit like preparing our hanging baskets, for the birds
building their nests ~ after all the moss does make a nice thick lining & i should imagine very warm....Another good idea, cat hairs
i would have thought that would be the last thing for them to use having the scent of cat under their noses....lol But i should think
it works to keep their nest cosy & warm...aahh Bless...

6 Mar, 2011
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jane said:

One day last Spring I looked out of the window to see chunks of something yellow all over the garden and even in the pond Freesia ! On close inspection found it to be bits of loft insulation.Then spotted one of the rooks from next door carrying a piece to its nest !! Lol....they dont miss a trick do they? What clever birds...their chicks will have been so snug...lol...our moss and someone elses insulation material !!

6 Mar, 2011
Dscf1248

Jane, really had a good laugh at your comments....I can just imagine how surprised you must have been seeing all that yellow fluff everywhere. Those Rooks are funny characters, they really
are a clever lot, you have to feel sorry, for your neighbours, but you cannot blame the Rooks for looking after their own welfare & supplying the best for their new born to come...Ahhh bless x

6 Mar, 2011
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jane said:

I thought the same Freesia...an enterprising lot they are and nest building like mad now. Usually end up with one or two of the young over here in the apple trees having mis calculated the first flight from the nest next door ! No worries...they get fed and looked after whilst finding their wings...lol..bless them all x

7 Mar, 2011
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cliveanne said:

Haircut this Thursday. There should be enough to insulate a few nests when I put out the trimmings. Must run around with the Dyson as well, so I can top up any shortcomings for the nesting material, then the remainder can help condition the soil.

7 Mar, 2011
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david said:

I, personally, don't put out the collectings from vacuum cleaner or dryer, as wonder about synthetic materials or traces of detergent in there. You cannot compost totally the synthetics, either. I do put out dog/cat human hair in net bags, though. As you say, freesia, you would think that those scents would put the birds off, lol, but it doesn't. Haven't seen those pots with wool, but they sound like a great source of entertainment for us from our windows. :-)

7 Mar, 2011
Dscf1248

Jane, went out to feed the birds this morning, quite surprised at
the number there were......mainly, the tit family & Starlings but to my surprise ~ 2 Woodpeckers 1 green the other red.....boy, were they squabbling & fighting at the feeders main reason is most of them probably with young & need lots more food than ever.
Could not believe how vicious they were to each other, but after
all understandable, only thinking of their young yet to be born...
Have been filling feeders nearly twice a day now jane....by the way
love the part where you end up feeding & looking after the misguided babes, how can we refuse jane...x

7 Mar, 2011
Dscf1248

Hello Cliveanne, Another haircut!! What would have happened
if you were a baldheaded man....lol Probably, made your dear
wife donate most of her locks for their nests.
I am not so keen on the idea of using fluff from the Hoover, even though it is a Dyson...lol
At least, the fluff from the dryer as been cleaned first!!!
Yes, i do put all the dirt from my hoover in my Compost, which
is another good idea....: ~ )))

7 Mar, 2011
Dscf1248

I know they do say all the Materials have to be natural what you
put out for nesting David....e.g dog/cat hair dried grass, fluffy seed,
moss & even cobwebs! Pigeons only put a few twigs together
for their young, so i think even they would appreciate some clean
fluff for warmth...let's face it some gardens do not have all the
natural materials that birds need as, some owners prefer to go ultra modern forgetting about Wildlife, such a shame...but i do
admire you for thinking of their welfare.... : ~ )))

8 Mar, 2011
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jane said:

Can never refuse Freesia..after all thats what we are here for !! Lol.
Doesnt surprise me about the woodpeckers..two competing species...both wanting the pick of the crop so to speak !! Noticed a pair of robins yesterday flying around together instead of chasing each other off..love is in the air I think..at last !!!

8 Mar, 2011
Dscf1248

'Do you put out Nesting boxes Jane? If so, do you put out
certain boxes to attract certain types of bird? Or, place them out
not worrying, what birds use them as long as their happy & cosy!!
I have put 2 or 3 out to no avail, they are far happier nesting
in the conifirs or hedges....very independant, birds i have
jane...lol I actually ,used to check the boxes i put out regularly
at the end of each breeding season only, to find a baby dormouse
or a couple of large spiders, as they have to be cleaned out for the following year...I think i have birds of habit, as well as being
independant jane....it just goes to show you they only do what they want to do....lol Bless x

9 Mar, 2011
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jane said:

We have 6 nesting boxes Freesia...one always occupied by mice lol. The bluetits use 2 of them but mmainly like you they nest in the bushes,thick ivy and trees in the garden. Dont care as long as they feel safe here.Its such a lottery for them..always some danger to watch out for. Just try to make their lives a little easier like you. x

9 Mar, 2011
Dscf1248

I swear they are beginning to understand & seem to trust us so much now....This morning whilst feeding my family of birds...lol
A bluetit flew down onto the table looking at me filling the feeders
i did not want to make a noise so as not to disturb them, but it did not make a bit of difference to them could not care less...just sat there in the sun looking at what i was doing & looked at me as if to say 'Are you going to fill the feeders with the fat balls yet' As soon as i filled them up, hung them onto the tree...He, then flew on top of the fat ball feeder jumping up & down singing. In their own funny way he was thanking me....Aaaa Bless
I seem to think though jane, if i had the camera with me, they would not have made their presence to me as they did...what do you think jane? x You took the words out of my mouth jane on the last few lines of your comment so very, very true...

9 Mar, 2011
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david said:

I think, deep down, having seen mamy nests in the wild, containing such "filth", such as shredded brightly-coloured plastic shopping bags, foil trays, etc., that I would not wish, knowingly, to comribute. We have, here, i believe, an excellent system, now.
We have 4 rubbish bins, with different collection dates.

Green bin, for plastic bottles/caps/foi and plastic trays/tin/foil cans and lids/ etc

Grey bin, for paper/cardboard/ paper (includes milk and juice cartons)

Brown bin, for usual garden waste, now also includes waste food, both cooked unf raw. Food, in any form, would

10 Mar, 2011
Dscf1248

Yes i do agree David, some people do not have any consideration
for our Countryside ....Throw their rubbish anywhere instead of taking it home with them, plastic bags, get blown about sharp cans
get left, & foil trays from take-away places are thrown anywhere
I get so annoyed.
Our Eco. System is a tad different from yours our Council issue
1 Bin for Garden refuse, Orange sacks for paper,cardboard, cans
Plastic & Books....1 large strong bag for Glass..
Well, i refused the Bin for garden refuse as, i compost all mine. I have 3 altogether all my raw waste goes into my Compost too.
So, you see I do worry, about our birds & Wildlife & hope that
by using the fluff from the Tumble Dryer will not endanger any
birds. I was reassured by a certain well known cause it
is safe...

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