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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Saving Cotton for Bird Nesting Material

Have you ever wondered what to do with the cotton that comes with vitamins and pill bottles?  For years, I just threw it away, until I came across an article on nesting materials for birds.  Nesting material is anything a bird may use to build a nest.  Many of the materials needed to build a nest can be found in the backyard.  However, supplemental material can be provided to encourage nest building.   Ever since, we have been saving the cotton and putting it out in early spring.

Attracting and keeping birds in your backyard is an excellent way of controlling insect pest.  Many birds are insectivores with 85% or more of their diet consisting of insects.   Basics for birds include food, shelter, and water.  If birds come and go, but do not stay around, then you are not giving them what they need!

Cotton from a vitamin bottle.

Saved cotton since last spring.  

Place in a clean suet container.  Hang in a visible area, preferably out of the rain.

"Spring would not be spring without bird songs."
- Francis M. Chapman

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