Yarn Scraps Are For The Birds

Spring is in the air! Save some scraps and bits to offer to your songbirds for spring nest-building. An old suet feeder will do the trick. At this time of year our feathered friends need all the help they can get.

Here are some great items that you can include:

Natural fiber yarn


Horsetail Hair

Shredded Paper





Small Fabric Scraps

Cotton Balls

Cotton Wadding from Aspirin Bottles

Dried Moss


Leaf Stems

Dog Hair

Cat Hair

So, don’t throw your yarn scraps and other bits away. Save them for the birds! In Paonia, Colorado, one spring, my son found the most unique birds nest, made entirely of yarns, hay, polyfibers, human hair, horsetail, and string.

IMG_4213 Photo © Liesl Clark

7 thoughts on “Yarn Scraps Are For The Birds

  1. But be careful with thread/yarn: last year we had to rescue a blackbird hanging by its foot from a thorny twig on a hawthorn tree in our garden, it had a length of sewing thread wrapped around its foot and leg. It was in great distress with its mate shrieking nearby. It took 4 of us to get it down, hold it and cut the thread from its foot and leg with a pair of fine embroidery scissors. And guess what? When it was released, it flew straight back up into the hawthorn tree! It was very lucky, we hadn’t seen it, our neighbour from 3 doors down spotted it from his bedroom window and came round with some ladders.

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    • Hi Chris! Good point, and interesting story. I didn’t see thread on the NWF list I linked to, but they do encourage natural yarn. I’d agree that thread and fishing line are just not for the birds. But, crazy how the one nest my son is holding is completely filled with thread-like fibers. I’d love to know what kind of bird fabricated that beautiful nest.

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    • That’s a lovely idea, to just ask the hairdresser for some clippings. I have a haircut on the docket today, so will ask for some. I cut my children’s hair and the clippings always go into the compost, but I think a few will stay in my yarn and fabric scrip box next time, for the birds.

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  2. One year a pair of goldfinches shredded our basketball net and whisked it away for their nest! It was fascinating observing their strength and determination, it took several hours. Re hair, my hair is short now but when it was longer, whenever I brushed it I put the brush hairs out of the window for the birds.

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