The blue tits are house hunting!

I saw the first pair of blue tits investigating our bird box at the weekend.  Let's hope they like it image.  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)?

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  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,478

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

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,777

    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 .  

     

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,478

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

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,777

    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 image I'm very tempted to hang her up in a wire cage to make life easier for them as well .............................. only joking! image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,478

    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.  

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    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 catsimage

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,777

    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 image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • LeadFarmerLeadFarmer Posts: 852

    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.

  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    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?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,777

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

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
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