You can attract more wild birds by adding nesting materials in your yard – of course birds will need a proper place to build their nest too, such as trees, brush or thicket. In fact, there’s a better chance of attracting a greater variety of species, as many birds do not frequent bird feeders, or use birdhouses.
Commercial bird nesting materials are available in many different packages, like balls, wreaths, and baskets. You can make your own nest ball for next to nothing, by using items found around the house. Dryer lint works well, combined with yarn strings, and even pet hair. Mosses used for container decor are a favorite as well. Simply gather materials and place in a mesh bag, like the kind found in the produce department at the grocery store. Hang from a tree limb or somewhere where birds can see it easily.
This nest ball was a huge hit with our birds. The hair is from my horse’s tail, and the birds went to town with it! After 2 days, we could see where the hair had been pulled through the bag. Unfortunately, we can’t find the nests because we have so many trees!