Green Life: Mother’s Day is for the birds
Okay, maybe it isn’t for the birds…but birds have moms too. We’ve been thinking a lot about birds and baby birds lately. A robin has made a nest about 6 feet off the ground in a small pine tree at my girls’ school. It is pretty cool to take a daily peek into their little world. But, perhaps our biggest inspiration has been the Happy Hooligans Facebook page
. They have been photographing a robin’s nest
that is above their back deck. The photos began on day 1, just eggs, and followed the babies until they were expert fliers. Amazing. Now the same nest has a new occupant…a new robin mama!
We live in the city, on a busy street corner. It would appear that it would be impossible to build a sweet little nest in our yard. Guess what, mama sparrow has found a way. Every year a sparrow family creates a home in the utility pole in our front yard. This year we decided to help out all the mama birds in our neighbourhood, providing some nesting materials. Here is what we did.
You will need
old suet cage
scraps of fabric
scraps of paper
pieces of string
1. We reused our suet feeder cage, but you could use anything cage-like, it needs to hold the items inside but let the birds easily access the contents. We washed ours thoroughly in warm soapy water.
2. Rip up fabric scraps, paper scraps and string. Stuff into the suet cage.
3. Close up the cage and place in a tree, where the birds can perch and pick out the supplies.
We placed our nesting supplies in the tree in our front yard in the hopes that our little sparrow family might pick something from our pile. We shall see. If this helps just one mother bird make a safe and warm home then we will be very happy. A wonderful gift for mother’s day.
|their home is just above that long bolt on the right side of the pole
PS – Sadly, in nature things don’t always go well. A friend discovered one of our little baby sparrows on the sidewalk the other day. Poor little one didn’t stand a chance. Such is life. Standing at the base of the utility pole I can hear the cheerful chirps of little babies calling for their food. I cannot wait for the day when we see them, big and strong, making their first attempts at flight from their pole top home.