There are five giant Saguaro cactus on our property, all of them are scarred with holes made by birds for their nests. These little shelters are highly sought after, especially by sparrows. We call them the luxury condos because there is a constant battle over occupancy.
Sparrows build their nests inside the holes, constructed mostly of horse hair, bermuda hay, and the pine needles found on our farm. In the spring when the horses shed their winter coat, all the nests are lined with soft multicolored horse hair, in the summer, pine needles and scrub tree twigs are all that’s available.
The doves build their nest on the arms of the Saguaro Cactus, using mostly scrub tree twigs, this bird found a feed bag pull string to weave into hers too!