Paula's Patch: A Minnesota Garden

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Nesting Update May 8, 2012

What’s nesting in your yard?

tree swallow | | paula bonelli

tree swallow

In my yard, the Tree Swallows are well underway building their nest and the House Wren returned last week, hopefully to woo a female by building a nest in the box and loudly proclaiming “Look, I built a wonderful home for you”!

mourning dove | | paula bonelli

mourning dove

I think the Mourning Doves moved to the pine tree out front after having their first nest ravaged by a Cooper’s Hawk. The robins are building at the top of a pine near our deck. I’m not sure we’ll be able to see the nest activities, but we’re sure to see the fledglings out and about in the yard when the time comes.

american robin | | paula bonelli

You can help birds by putting out natural or man-made nesting materials near nesting sites, in wire mesh suet feeders or draped on trees or shrubs.

  • Twigs and leaves
  • Dry grass as long as it hasn’t been treated with pesticides
  • Yarn or string cut into 6-inch pieces
  • Pet hair if the pets haven’t received flea or tick treatments
  • Feathers
  • Cottonwood down or cotton batting
  • Pine needles
  • Strips of cloth approximately 1-inch wide and 6-inches long
reminder image | | paula bonelli

Don’t Forget!

Check out the live nestcams and catch up on the Great Blue Herons, Red-Tailed Hawks or Decorah Eagles (under the Birding tab in upper right). All the nestlings are growing!

P.S. Spotted our first hummer of the year on Monday, May 7!! And rumor has it the Orioles are around also, but we haven’t seen them at our feeders yet.

Related posts:

House Wren


Mourning Dove


3 Responses to “Nesting Update”

  1. The black capped chickadees strip needles from my mugo pine every spring for their nests; it grows back so I don’t begrudge them but it does look odd. I surprised one in the act the other day 🙂

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