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13/01/2014 at 11:59

I saw the first pair of blue tits investigating our bird box at the weekend.  Let's hope they like it .  When it's cold outside, it's a little ray of certainty that spring is coming...

I thought of putting out a table of nest building material to help them along.  Any suggestions (or things to avoid)?

13/01/2014 at 12:19

I've seen them collecting nesting material Linsay - I just hope it's not too early and they lose out.

13/01/2014 at 12:30

I rake moss from the lawn and put it in a wire cage that I usually put one of those blocks of birdfood suet in.  Our bluetits used lots of it last year .  

 

13/01/2014 at 12:35

Oh - I'll do that this year Dove - great idea.

13/01/2014 at 13:04

When we cleared out the bluetits' nest in the autumn, it was apparent that the other main material used to make the nest was hair from next door's fluffy tortoiseshell cat - don't know how they gathered it  I'm very tempted to hang her up in a wire cage to make life easier for them as well .............................. only joking! 

13/01/2014 at 13:49

One year I collected my moggies fur from grooming and put it in the trees but the birds didn't seem interested and it got all soggy.  May be they do a 'flypast' on the moggies as they are snoozing and gather it that way.  

13/01/2014 at 14:59

Friends put all the hair from the dog's brush into a flower pot and left it on it's side somewhat protected from rain; it all got used up.

Would love to know if those birds run a hairdressing saloon for cats

13/01/2014 at 15:12

That reminds me - in my past I had a very hairy Exmoor pony - in the spring he would moult and his hair would stick out in tufts - I remember seeing blue tits perch on his back gathering hair 

13/01/2014 at 23:17

Ive recently seen blue tits going into my nest box. It was a nice sight, but I have bought a camera to fit inside it and now I fear I may have left it too late as I don't want to put the tits off by taking the box down.

14/01/2014 at 00:35

My sister gave me some highland wool and an earthenware apple with holes in to put the wool in. I haven't put it out yet as I thought it too early but maybe I should? Any thoughts?

14/01/2014 at 08:15

Oh yes, put it out - they may just be prospecting but .............

14/01/2014 at 16:19

Wonder if they would be interested in the contents of my Dyson? It's very fluffy, although the chicks would probably pick up a lung condition from the dust particles!

I've got one of those suet ball holders, so I might put some moss in that - thanks for the suggestion.

14/01/2014 at 16:20

I forgot to empty my box in the autumn - is it too late now??  I've got an old sheepskin rug which is about to be thrown out - could I put tufts of that out for them?

Don't forget the Big Garden Birdwatch in a couple of weeks' time.  

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