OK so I am a little slow on the uptake.. I never even knew we had a BIRDING FORUM!
I just asked a question on the Almanac chat but I'll ask it here.
The weather here in Va has been bizarre with snow storms, blizzards, torrential rains etc...I KNOW SPring is thinking of coming back.. my Daffodils are peeking thru the ground, and my perennials are also peeking thru.
Does anyone know if the nesting season has strated? I wanted to put some nestig materials out to help the birds but now sure if it's too soon or too late.
Hi Deb, you could probably put out a bit of it and see if there are any takers. As kids we put out yarn and then wenting hunting around to see what nest it ended up in.
Birds get real busy, and I'm sure the weather took a toll on last year's nests.
What kind of material do you put out?
I will put the nice soft yarn out and thought of either buying cotton of buying some from a bird supply store.. Maybe cut some olf material up too.
WHat do you put out?
Soon my poplar trees down by the pond will be big enough for the birds to nest in, I may go ahead and put some yarn out for the birds though, the neighbors probably won't abject to having colorful nests in there trees!
Today was absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I opened the patio door and the windows and let fresh air in. The fr kids were all hppy as they were watching the birds on the deck.Took Tucker (cat) out for his walk (Harness leash) he was one happy kitty boy. I did cut up some of the new soooooft yarn and hung it all over the yard for the birds. Refilled the feeders and refilled all the bird baths.
ALso tied Orange string around my perennials in the gardenm so when we spread mulc they won't get buried.
The resident birds are all nesting over here, I've got a song thrush nest, black bird nest and two blue tits that can't make their mind up which box to use. I put out the hair we get from brushing Chance. The birds love it as it is fine and warm for their littlies. You should put out some of the hair from your fur faces Debs. It would be poetic justice for the birds to use cat fur for their nests. The other thing is that now nesting has started we take in the nut feeders as the parents may give them to their young instead of the live food they need.
Great to have you on this site Debs, you know most of the birdie folk.
Our birds are all busy nesting and chirping and are HUNGRY! I am refilling my feeders almost every day. I am hoping that once the warm weather arrives I'll be able to cut back a little on the seed.
Someone in my area must have a 5-star feeder because all my favorite chickadees, titmouses, nuthatches and cardinals have been elsewhere on the really nice days.
And of course the downy woodpeckers show up when I'm out of suet!
But it's a rainy day today, so I'll put everything out in hopes they'll come by.
One day the nuthatch had had enough of the sparrows and he put up his beak and wings like exclamation points in protest! The sparrows flew away too.
It made for a good sketch, and I love the little low-tone chirps they make as if talking to themselves.
Who needs TV!
Deb, do you get the babies who sit on the feeders but flutter and beg their parents to feed them? Too cute!