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KellyK
04-10-2006, 08:55 AM
Something to do with that leftover yarn....

Al and I went to Wild Birds Unlimited on Saturday, and bought 2 wren/chickadee/house finch houses (hole is too small for sparrows), and a Robin's nesting platform. Im all excited because while we have always fed our backyard birds, we've never hung houses...dont know why.

We ALSO bought a thing to hang containing WOOL for nesting material! We asked the bird lady if ANY wool will do....she was ALL excited and talked about how if I put out snippets of yarn, we might just see confetti-colored nests all over the neighborhood! What a COOL thing to do with those little smidgey balls of yarn left over from felting projects!

Al bought a bag of oranges today, so I cut up all those little 1" balls of leftover yarn into 3-4" pieces, stuffed them in the meshy orange bag, pulled out a few strands to give the birds the idea, and hung it outside between the houses.

Im just SO excited about this great idea, I had to share! :cheering:

cheesiesmom
04-10-2006, 09:09 AM
What a good idea. My husband and I have always fed the birds, too. But with this avian flu thing, we're waiting for the neighbors to start complaining.

Gladys in Michigan, where it's opening day for the Tigers and maybe spring is coming this week.

Ingrid
04-10-2006, 09:09 AM
I know they take dog hair in abundance, and we found nests lined with hair long after we no longer had the dog. I've seen birds taking yarn off the deck after I've cut off ends, so you should have multicolored nests in no time!

This reminds me to order some hummingbird feeders. :thinking: I loved watching them last year so I want feeders all over the front deck. :happydance:

brendajos
04-10-2006, 09:41 AM
okay i am totally creeped out by birds (though i gotta admit i want to get one in defiance of all these people trying to scare us with the bird flu....notice the VETS aren't talking about bird flu?) but i do like taking the snippets and throwing them outside...


ooooooh I did see our first ducks waddling around the parking lot this weekend! i luuuuuuuuuuuv when the ducks come around! especially when they act like they own the place...it makes me giggle!

hedgehog
04-10-2006, 09:47 AM
I live in a fairly wooded area and the birds are in their Spring Frenzy at the moment. We feed them all year round (and have a list of about 20+ different species that come 'round).

When i brush my cat, i leave the big wad of fur outside for them. I also cut up yarn or embroidery floss and leave it out on the deck for them. I just left a bunch out the other day but haven't seen where it went. I'm guessing they took it if it didn't blow away! Red and black ends - very stylish!

-hh

rebecca
04-10-2006, 11:10 AM
:D What a WONDERFUL idea...I love birds, have 2 of my own! I will put yarn out for them today...in the yoshino flowering cherry tree, they love it :D

aylaanne
04-10-2006, 11:46 AM
In my area, we can't have bird feeders because of the bears, which will come and eat the birdseed, and then terrorize the neighborhood looking for food. :( poor bears. I like the idea of nesting materials, though! I might try that.

Jan in CA
04-10-2006, 12:46 PM
That is so cool, Kelly! Make sure you take pictures if you see multicolored yarn nests!

We love the birds, but stopped feeding them several years ago when a neighbor cat though we were serving up a smorgasbord of birds. :rollseyes: The cat seems to be gone now so maybe we can try again.

You might appreciate these websites I have bookmarked.
What bird (http://www.whatbird.com/) helps yo identify birds by location, color, etc. Plus gives you the bird song, food interests.....

Enature (http://www.enature.com/home/) helps you identify all kinds of things including birds, plus more info.

1to1
04-10-2006, 12:50 PM
I'm going to take some strips of yarn up to our land (40 acres). I have lots of bird feeders and bird houses hanging around. It is so enjoyable and relaxing to be knitting and watching the birds.

The only birds I seem to attract at my house are sparrows and black birds. Oh, and hummingbirds (which are my favorite).

dustinac
04-10-2006, 02:24 PM
We have all kinds of birds here but we also have deer, racoons, and skunks that stay around our house so I'm wondering would they try to get it?? would it hurt them?? :thinking: I just now tried to catch a deer he was behind our wash house but he ran as I turned the corner to get his picture lol he was a cutie... :D

Shremeee my little shih-tzu is a big chicken but I went out with him over the weekend and we had 8 deer close to the back porch he took off and chased them back into the woods wouldn't listen to me as I was hollering come back.. he got to the edge of the field turned back with his little tail and ears up and hopped home.. he was so excited funny thing is if one would have just snorted he would have ran into the house and hid under the futon... :D

margie
04-10-2006, 02:51 PM
I hung out yarn snippets last year, but had no takers! Just this morning, though, I did see a bird taking some llama fleece bits off of my deck. I have a box out there that the fleeces were in, and it has some little pieces in it. A chickadee flew in, grabbed a bit, and flew off!! Funny, since they didn't bother the fleeces when I had them hanging out. Maybe it was a little before nest building time!

kemp
04-11-2006, 10:18 AM
That's an awesome idea! I can't wait to see if the birds like the idea too ;)


Something to do with that leftover yarn....

Al and I went to Wild Birds Unlimited on Saturday, and bought 2 wren/chickadee/house finch houses (hole is too small for sparrows), and a Robin's nesting platform. Im all excited because while we have always fed our backyard birds, we've never hung houses...dont know why.

We ALSO bought a thing to hang containing WOOL for nesting material! We asked the bird lady if ANY wool will do....she was ALL excited and talked about how if I put out snippets of yarn, we might just see confetti-colored nests all over the neighborhood! What a COOL thing to do with those little smidgey balls of yarn left over from felting projects!

Al bought a bag of oranges today, so I cut up all those little 1" balls of leftover yarn into 3-4" pieces, stuffed them in the meshy orange bag, pulled out a few strands to give the birds the idea, and hung it outside between the houses.

Im just SO excited about this great idea, I had to share! :cheering:

rebecca
04-11-2006, 11:21 AM
OMGOODNESS :shock: My dryer wouldn't dry clothes yesterday, I thought that perhaps the dryer was going; then I was putting the trashcan back in place after garbage pickup & noticed that the dryer's flippy outlet door thingy had fallen off outside the house & there was a partial bird's nest in there :shock: I mean these little birdies had been working very quickly bc it has just fallen off!!! It was almost full of pinestraw & odds & ends from the woods!! No birds of any kind, it was obvious that nesting had not begun (of course, they were still building it!!) I felt HORRIBLE having to deconstruct it...but, I had to do it :( God's creatures are very, very resourceful :D

kemp
04-11-2006, 11:49 AM
OH no! That's too bad. I knew there had to be a good reason for those flappy thingies!

Rennagayle
04-11-2006, 12:58 PM
I am a bird fanatic. I am fascinated watching them. Inevitably, each spring or early summer, I will end up with fledglings in my yard. Because we have a cat (as well as many of my neighbors), I usually end up rescuing them.

Last year, I had dh climb up and put a small, somewhat deep, box in the crook of some branches to place a baby robin in. The neighbors across the street had pruned a plum tree, knocking down it's nest. I didn't know if the mother would come over and find it in my yard or not, but she did! :cheering: I watched her bring it food several times a day (right outside my bedroom window). Two summers ago, I raised a baby Common Grackle to adulthood. Most people consider Grackles to be a pest bird, but they have the most delightful personalities! Our entire family got so much fun and laughter out of that summer with Dillybird. I always name the baby birds I raise. :lol:

I keep a birdbook handy, and write down the date when I spot a new species in my yard. Last year, my ds built a couple of birdhouses for me, and hung them. My dh is such a neatnik. He insists on picking up the dog hair after brushing our Chow. I keep telling him what great nesting material it would make for the little birds. :rollseyes:

NinaT
04-11-2006, 02:54 PM
This winter our furnace stopped working and when the repairman came he found a bird had flown into the duct. Not pretty.

Ingrid
04-11-2006, 03:02 PM
Every year we used to get Phoebes nesting above our front door. We did a lot of work one winter and replaced the front door in such a way there there was no longer a ledge there.

I came home from work one spring day after the workmen had spent the day and found the Phoebes in the living room, trying to fly out the picture window. Apparently the door had been open all day and they got in. I didn't know how to get the screens off the new windows, so I was running around the house, phone in hand, trying to find how to get them off. Finally I did and the birds got out. Whew. I thought one of them was going to break its head. They found a new spot, though, on the outside light. Very faithful.

knitstress_tygher
04-12-2006, 11:34 AM
Oh, Kelly! That's such an awesome idea! I won't do it around here, because we have outdoor cats and I -try- not to encourage the birds to hang around ... but I can do it at my MIL's house, 5 minutes away! :)