Cottontail Nest Building Material 4" dia
Lots of fun to watch and highly beneficial to birds
I was a little worried I was spending money on something that would go unused in my gardens where we have seven bird feeders and attract many species. I'm a bird photographer and I was hoping the birds would find this ball of 'nesting' material and gosh was I surprised!!! The American Goldfinches are the only birds that are using my Cotton Tails but what a show! They were even fighting over the one I had securely placed in a small tree between branches. (I suggest you use little ties to keep it from blowing around if you have an open backyard. I quickly purchased three more 'Cotton Tails' and placed them in two different trees where we could watch and I could take photographs. I wish you could see all the activity. I know it's more than just one bird because they each fly away in a different direction, taking their bounty to their nest.
Some birds will loosen the cotton up and come back later for an easy 'pickup' of more material. I watched a male Goldfinch guard his female while she gathered the cotton with her beak. They take quite a lot with them and it's really wonderful to watch. If you are going to buy this product, buy more than one if you have a lot of birds. Although, there is a lot of material packed into one of those balls. Mine has been up for three weeks and number one still has a lot of cotton in it, but the birds are using all three Cotton Tails. Another tip if you have dogs with long hair; when you trim their coat, save the hair and put it near the nesting material, the birds love that too!
You won't have to wait long after putting one of these Cotton Tails in your trees, and be prepared to laugh, a lot!!!!!
July 20, 2012