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The Registry of Nature Habitats - Nest Boxes

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Not everyone will be blessed with all sixteen Habitat Components on their property.  This does not mean that introducing as many as possible will not enhance wildlife.  The key is to understant each of the components, what they are, how they assist in nature and what wildlife will be assisted by their availability.

Nest Boxes - Selecting a bird house involves some pre-planning based upon your expectations and setting. When selecting a birdhouse it is important to keep these factors in mind:

  • The type of birds you are trying to attract.
  • 85 species of North American birds are defined as cavity nesters- of these approximately 30 species of birds will use a birdhouse.
  • Once you have selected the species you want to attract, learn about their specific needs.
  • The desired appearance and visible setting for the birdhouse (place away from your birdfeeders).
  • Place opposite wind currents, in a relatively sunny area.
  • Proximity of protective landscaping to the bird house.
  • Ease of cleaning and maintenance.
  • Competition and threat from other animals (cats, squirrels, raccoons, hawks).
  • Pay particular attention to the interior dimensions required by the species you want to attract.
  • Resist the temptation to cluster numerous bird houses together, birds are very territorial.
  • Clean the bird house annually using a 10% bleaching solution.
  • Be patient. Even with the right mixture of habitat, positioning, selection of housing, water, and feed it will take time before your site is adopted by a nesting pair of birds.
BIRD NESTING CHART
Species Habitat Height of Box Nesting Season Nesting Material Eggs
Bewick's Wren Edge of Woods, wood clearing, backyard near building 5 - 15' May - July Twigs, grass, lined w/ feathers 5 - 7 White w/brown flecks
Black-capped Chickadee Edge of Woods, wood clearing 5 - 15' April - July Wood chips, moss, hair, feathers 6 - 8 White w/red-brown speckles
Carolina Chickadee Edge of woods, wood clearing 5 - 15' April - July Wood chips, moss, hair, feathers 6 White w/brown speckles
Carolina Wren Edge of woods, wood clearing, backyard near building 5 - 15' May - July Twigs, dry grass 5 White to creamy
Downy Woodpecker Edge of woods, wood clearing 5 - 15' April - July Wood chips 4 - 5 White to pale buff
Eastern Bluebird Pasture, field 3 - 6' March - July Grasses, pine needles, weeds, lining of fine grass 4 - 5 Clear blue
Hairy Woodpecker Edge of woods, wood clearing 12 - 20' Feb - April Wood chips 3 - 6 White
House Wren Edge of woods, wood clearing 5 - 15' April - July Twigs, grass 6 - 7 White marked w/brown
Mountain Bluebird Pasture, field 3 - 6' April - July Weed stems, pine needles 4 - 6 Pale blue to bluish-white
Mountain Chickadee Edge of woods, wood clearing 5 - 15' April - July Moss, fur, feathers, shredded bark 7 - 9 White
Northern Flicker Pasture, field 10 - 30' April - July Wood chips 7 - 9 White
Plain Titmouse Edge of woods, wood clearing 5 - 15' April - August Moss, grass, feathers, fur 3 - 9 White
Red-shafted Flicker Pasture, field 10 - 30' Feb - April Wood chips 6 - 8 White
Screech Owl Edge of woods, wood clearing 10 - 30' Feb - April Wood chips 2 - 7 White
Tufted Titmouse Edge of woods, wood clearing 5 -15' April - August Grasses 5 - 6 White w/brown speckles
Tree Swallow Pasture, field 4 -15' March - May Grass lined w/feathers 4 - 6 White
Violet-green Swallow Pasture, field 4 -15' March - May Grass lined w/feathers 4 - 7 White
Western Bluebird Pasture, field 3 - 6' March - August Weed stems, twigs or feathers 4 - 6 Pale blue to bluish-white
White-breasted Nuthatch Edge of woods, wood clearing 5 -15' May - July Bark, roots, grass 5 - 6 White w/brown speckles
Yellow-shafted Flicker Edge of woods, wood clearing 5 -15' March - July Wood chips 5 - 10 White

In addition to birds, nest boxes may be provided for squirrels, chipmunks, mason bees, honey bees, butterflies & moths and bats.

For more information on:

Bird Nest Boxes
Bat Houses
Butterfly Houses
Squirrel Houses
Bee Houses
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