I saw a lot of people cleaning up their lawns this afternoon putting the waste into the paperbags for pick-up. While that is commendable – and doing the same thing is on my to-do list – there is one thing you should keep in mind.
Don’t clean up every little stick or twig. Why? The birds can use those smaller stems or debris in making their nests. Ornamental grasses are particularly nice due to their fluffy plumes.
If you have some debris that you think might be just perfect for a nest, you could put it all in one location where the birds can find it. You can clean it up after the nest building season is over. It’s a slightly different version of habitat-for-humanity.
You’ll be treated later when you can watch the parents feed their young and teach them about the benefits of your bird feeder.