When spring arrives, you can cultivate a renewed sense of wonder about backyard birds.
From hanging nests to cup nests and those hidden inside man-made bird houses, they all need a combination of twigs, dried grasses, moss, hair, mud and even spider webs.
Grow bird-nesting material
“Rewild” your yard with native plants, trees and shrubs. And leave parts of your yard messy for pollinators while ensuring ample bird-nesting material is available — twigs (under 10 centimetres), dried grass and moss.
The following trees can help (also observe birds to see their local preferences):
- Catkin-bearing species of trees and shrubs: cottonwood, maple, willows, poplar and beech. Catkins are the flowering spike with a fluffy or downy quality.
- Native plants specific to your region can help bird species find what they’re looking for. For example, milkweed is a popular nesting material for birds throughout its range.
Caution: Spring can also be a time to prune trees and shrubs. Watch carefully for tiny nests like those of hummingbirds. If you find a downed nest (after a storm event), or a nestling or fledgling on the ground, learn what to do.
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