March is here and already some of our winter birds are staking out territories and looking for mates. Soon, our migrant birds will be returning from their wintering grounds and getting ready for the hectic nesting season. Now is the perfect time to put up nesting boxes and be ready for them! But birds nest all summer long, and usually make a new nest for each brood. So if you don’t get your houses up in March, you can still put them up later in the year. A common question from people who have never put up bird houses before is “Do I need to put nesting material in the box?” Nope, the birds will take care of that part all by themselves. However, offering nesting materials nearby will often encourage birds to use the boxes you’ve put out.
What kind of birds would you like to have nesting in your yard? Birds have specific needs in regards to habitat and nesting boxes. If you want bluebirds and put up a house more appropriate for chickadees, then you’re probably going to get chickadees. Here are some basic rules to follow when putting up bird houses for several common backyard birds.Eco-Friendly Wren House is perfect for all these birds.
Eastern Bluebirds: These bluebirds prefer a house that has a floor about 5WSB bird house has been a customer favorite for years! And now we offer a new, Eco-friendly Bluebird House.
Western and Mountain Bluebirds: These bluebirds are slightly larger than the Eastern variety and need a slightly bigger house with a floor between 5 1/2 – 6″ square. They also prefer a slightly larger entry hole of about 1 9/16ths. Other than that, everything else is the same as an Eastern Bluebird. Keep in mind that if you can’t match these specifications exactly, that doesn’t mean you won’t get bluebirds! These birds are cavity nesters and tree-cavities in nature certainly aren’t made to exact measurements. Try our Western Bluebird House.
Robins, Wrens and Phoebes: These birds (with the exception of the easy-going wren who will nest almost anywhere!) won’t nest inside an enclosed bird house. They prefer toRobin Nesting Shelf is suitable for these birds and also, depending upon location, may attract Barn Swallows or possibly Cardinals.
Hummingbirds: Yes, it is possible to offer a nesting spot in your yard for hummingbirds! Hummers build tiny, open-cupped nests and they sometimesHummingbird House. This is a metal frame that you hang under the eave of your house that a hummingbird can build on. The most likely hummingbird to use this “house” is the Black-chinned of the southwest, but Anna’s and a few other hummers may also build on the frame.
For a comprehensive listing of the specification for nest boxes for different birds, be sure to review our article, “Specs for Bird House Nesting Boxes” right here on our blog!
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