Finding ideal nesting spots can be very challenging for wild birds. There may be a shortage of dead trees or an abundance of nest-seekers. When you place birdhouses and nest boxes in your yard, you invite wild birds to nest, raise their young, and retreat from inclement weather. Here are a few helpful tips you can use when you offer housing for wild birds.
When you offer wild birds a place to call home, you may also invite unwanted guests and predators to your yard in search of an easy meal. To keep nesting birds safe, pole mount your nest box. Many predators like raccoons, snakes, and cats have a difficult time climbing them. Also, place a predator guard at the entrance to further discourage harmful or destructive behavior.
Nest Box Pairing
Nest box pairing can help you attract a variety of species in the breeding season. Place single boxes in pairs, pole mounted 15-20 feet apart. Species such as tree swallows and bluebirds often nest close to one another.
Know Which Species Nest in Your Area
A great way to tempt local birds to nest in your backyard is to know which bird species thrive in your area. Each species has slightly different housing needs, so it is important to offer housing appropriate for the desired bird species.
Keep the Nest Box Clean
Prepare your birdhouses for new spring residence by washing your nest box interior with a weak bleach solution. Rinse and dry the house thoroughly before placing it in your yard. It's also a good idea to place nesting material near your birdhouse to persuade nesting birds when they return after migration.
Keep Water Handy
Try placing your birdbath near one of your backyard
bird houses. Birds are naturally drawn to water and will be tempted to drink, bathe, or play in the birdbath after they've eaten.
Open Water is Essential in Winter
Birdbaths are especially crucial in winter, since birds are actually at greater risk of dehydration than starvation in winter. A heated birdbath can be a life-saving source of open water to wintering birds.