I love the nests of birds and squirrels. I have many nests salvaged in Gettysburg, filled with bits of dried flowers or cleaned little quail eggs. Some nests I leave, for they recycle from year to year. I actually have one nest on top of my entrance door that is sort of like a bird condo…….Each year a new layer is built up, a second floor, you might say.
You learn a lot from birds’ and squirrels’ homes. Little pieces of ribbon often tell of past Christmas decoratons……they like sparkly things just as we humans. Little bits of my Halloween witch scarecrow found a resting place in a squirrel nest in my cedar tree. They loved her woolen hair and soft felt hat……it helped keep squirrel families snuggly on cold nights.
The nest of birds is thought to bring blessings to the home near which it chooses to inhabit. Putting birds’ nests on Christmas trees is derived from such beliefs.
I save the dryer lint ….. this makes warm insulation for outside homes.
On a darker note, criminal forensics uses the nests of birds and squirrels at crime scenes……
The hair of decomposed bodies or pieces of clothing can often be found woven into the nests of animals nearby. These can provide vital clues where only bones remain.
If you have leftover bits of yarn, ribbon, dryer lint….place it in a little basket in your yard. Little residents will find it warm and welcoming and the pretty ribbons will warm the decorative heart of many a bird and squirrel.
They can’t go to Home Depot for their building supplies……they are masters with twigs and bits of leaves, but some added help from us is always welcomed.