Nesting materials

To: Canberra birds <>
Subject: Nesting materials
From: Anthony Overs via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Mon, 4 Oct 2021 07:59:24 +0000
Hi all

I leave some dog hair in an old clothes peg basket in the front yard for birds 
to collect for nesting materials. In the past, Superb Fairy-wrens, Eastern 
Spinebills and Red Wattlebirds have collected hair.

Today, the wattlebirds were taking some; they are building again after 
successfully raising two young.

Two new birds took some hair today. A Willie Wagtail, from one of the two pairs 
that live very close by, took some hair on two occasions. I didn’t see where 
the bird went though. A female Magpie-lark also took some hair on three 
occasions; the first time, she collected a bit of grass as well as the hair, 
dunked the whole lot in the bird bath, then took it straight up to the nest 
under construction just across the street. 

Another donation was quickly brushed out of the dog and put in the basket! 


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