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Birds' nests

At the Bird Market in Paris fascinating little nests are sold. They are woven on spokes of twigs with weavers of rush. Why should not American children, who are learning to know and love the birds, make these inviting houses and hang them in the branches of trees for the wrens and other bird neighbors to settle in? Of course they must be inconspicuous in material and finish, for no self-respecting and self-preserving bird would choose a gaily colored or decorated nest. So it will be wise to make use of all the natural materials we can find—rush and raffia and perhaps even willow twigs and grasses; and when we use rattan let us stain it with dull shades of brown, green or gray.

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