Is it safe to put out tin­sel from my Christ­mas tree for the birds to use as nest­ing ma­te­rial?

Birds & Blooms - - Ask The Experts - Deb­bie Green­waldt WAUKESHA, WIS­CON­SIN

Kenn and Kim­berly: We ad­mire your in­ter­est in help­ing the birds. How­ever, be­cause un­nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als like tin­sel (and Easter grass) pose a po­ten­tial stran­gling hazard, they are not safe nest­ing ma­te­ri­als. Even yarn and string can be dan­ger­ous, es­pe­cially if the strands are too long. Some wild bird feed­ing stores sell balls of nest­ing ma­te­ri­als that are safe for birds, but pro­vid­ing nest ma­te­rial isn’t re­ally nec­es­sary. Birds are very good at find­ing nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als on their own.

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