When I woke up this morning, I heard birds chirping (a sure sign of spring). There were even a couple of Robins flying around the yard darting in and out of the trees.
The yard had dried out a little so I decided to fill my bird feeder and hang out the wire basket of "nesting materials".
I took a wire suet basket and filled it with bits of thread and scraps of fabric left over from quilting projects. I had read about this idea and thought it was a great way to reuse bits of thread and fabric while at the same time, providing nesting materials for the wild birds. Apparently dryer lint will make a good nesting material too but I had not added it to this basket. The birds are supposed to pull the threads and scraps out through the wires and use them in their new nests.
I still think this is a great idea and hope some birds will use these thread and fabric bits to help build their nests but I discovered a minor problem and need to make some adjustments!!! I live in an area that is still semi-rural and it is often quite windy. When I hung the basket in the tree today, you guessed it........the wind picked up and many of the threads and small bits of fabric blew out of the basket threw the openings between the wires!!!!! It was pretty as it floated down like colorful fabric confetti and decorated the ground under the tree. I should have seen it coming!!!
Now that we've all had a good laugh, I've decided that I will buy a feeder basket with smaller openings and try again.