Birds nest Eastern woodlands Help

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  1. chansta

    chansta keeper of the flame Supporter

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    Now that I have mastered the skill of getting punk wood To take a spark with flint and steel, I am now tasked with finding good natural birds nests. I failed several times today in an attempt to do so. I was able to find some dry inner bark, But not enough for a Birdsnest. I looked in places where the sunlight was prevalent and used dry leaves and Pineneedles.

    What types of trees and plants should I be looking for? Poplar?
     
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    DomC Retired Old Scrub Stomper

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    Cedar, Poplar, Cottonwood, to name a few. Fwiw, these species don't exist in my AO. You'll have to see if they exist in yours.
    Dominick.........
     
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    Poplar and cedar do. Poplar is more prevalent.
     
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    Tulip tree, red cedar, cattail
     
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    Just about anything that is dry and can be fluffed can be used.
    Don’t get hung up on a birds nest. A finely curled feather stick can be used as a tinder bundle. And you have a handle on it also.
     
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    I'd add these to try:

    any dry grasses
    outer grape vine
    dry milkweed or evening primrose fibers after breaking the stalks
    fern stalks & leaves
    cattail leaves
    bulrush stalks
     
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    poplar will work, as will most things. I think the keys, at least in my experience, are dry is more important than type and gather more than you think you'll need.
     
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    Scrape off some of the outer bark of white cedar if you can find it. You just need a small clump large enough to catch a coal But bigger cant hurt. This will sit in the center of the nest. Then make a secondary nest out of fine dried glasses and then if you have yellow birch, use some of the fine, thin curls of bark and randomly insert them into the mix. Fluff this nest up with your hands by scrunching it together and the make a divot and add the pile of cedar fluff. Drop your coal or char cloth into it and gently blow the bundle into flame.

    This method and material has worked well for me.
     
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    If you have birch, you can scrape the bark to fine shavings, too.
     
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    I made a birds nest out of cedar last weekend. It went up like roman candle with a ferro rod. Almost didn't get it out of my hand in time....lol.
     
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    Fallen cedar branch with the leaves (do cedars have leaves?) Browned and still attached works great. Grab a whole bunch of dried cedar leaves, put a wad of scraped outer Cedar Bark in the middle and you should be good.
    Also, like has been mentioned, a finely curled feather stick works great.
     
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