Birds start to build nests in spring and our urban feathered friends appreciate a little help finding good nesting material. My bird loving son was so excited when during a Spring Break trip the botanic garden the docents were helping kids make nest balls to take home and hang on window sills, fire escapes and fences. Backyard and sidewalk birds can pilfer premium nesting material from the homemade nesting balls to help them make a comfy home for the soon-to-arrive eggs.
How to Make a Bird Nesting Ball
We made these balls of nesting material at the botanic garden, but you can easily make them at home. Here’s how:
Cut out a circular piece of netting. The black paper you see in the photo was used to help kids see the netting against the blanket, but they are not required. Gather together various items in the netting, such as small twigs, dried grasses, feathers, bits of yarn, even bits of dryer lint. Break or cut longer pieces into short strands.
Secure the top of the netting with a rubber band and slip a string under the band.
Tie the nesting ball to a post, fence, railing or branch. We had the nesting ball hanging on our fire escape but it was too high up and after a week of no birds we moved them to the community garden.
No doubt after making this craft you will want to read a few books! Lucky you, last year I made a short list of some bird books (although I really should update it).