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Tips to Attracting Nesting Birds To Your Backyard

Many North American birds nest in “cavities” (holes in trees and fence posts). Although some birds, such as woodpeckers, can chisel their own holes with their heavy, sharp bills, other cavity-nesters must find suitable holes for nesting. Unfortunately, suitable nest cavities can be hard to find in much of North America.

One way to solve the nest-site shortage is to provide artificial cavities, also known as birdhouses or nest boxes. More than 50 species of birds-including Bluebirds, Kestrels, Owls, Titmice, Chickadees, Nuthatches, Wrens, Tree Swallows, and Woodpeckers-Will use nest boxes. Nest Boxes have helped boost populations of many cavity-nesting bird species whose numbers were declining. For example, both Wood Ducks and Eastern Bluebirds recently have made dramatic comebacks. A Nest Box on your property will provide a valuable home for birds and enjoyable bird watching for you. We will help you figure out which birds you can attract to your yard and what’s the best way and place to mount your nesting boxes. By attracting Nesting birds you’ll enjoy the sites of parents and young in your yard.

Nesting Habits of Some of The Most Common Backyard Birds…

Species

Breeding Period

Nesting Materials

Where

Eggs

Period

Broods

E. Bluebird

March – July

Grasses, pine needles, weeds, lining of fine grass

Cavity (house)

4 – 5 Clear Blue

13-14 days

2-3

Cardinal

March – August

Weed stems, bark, grasses, leaves

Shrub or Tree

3-4 Gray-Buff Brown Specks

12-13 days

1-3

Chickadee

April – July

Wood chips, moss, hair, feathers, downy fibers

Cavity (house)

6 white with red-brown Speckles

11-12 days

1-2

Goldfinch

June – September

Woven Plant fibers, tightly lined with thistle or milkweed down

Hedges or Trees

4-6 very pale blue

12-14 days

1

House Finch

March – July

Twigs, rootlets, grass and other debris

Almost Anywhere

4-5 while to pale buff

12-14 days

1-3

Blue Jay

March – July

Twigs, moss, dry grass, dry mud leaves

Trees and Shrubs

4-5 Olive to dull blue

16-18 days

1-2

W.B. Nuthhatch

May – July

Bark, roots, grass

Cavity (house)

5-6 White w/ Brown Specks

12 Days

1

Robin

April – July

Grass & mud lined with fine grass

Trees & Shrubs Robin Shelf

3-6 Pastel Blue

12 - 14 Days

2 - 3

Songbird Essentials Nesting Material

The only nesting material available that contains a mixture of five natural-colored  materials preferred by North American Nesting Birds! Feathers, String, Cotton, Hemp, and Aspen Fiber all included! Because it contains all of the above, Nesting Material attracts many more birds than “cotton only” mixtures. Birds and consumers love it!!

Nesting Materals Can Still Help Birds That Don’t Use A Nest Box!

As natural fibers they use to build or line a nest become harder to find, Hummingbirds, Goldfinches, and more benefit from you providing Nesting Materials. Both Hummingbirds and Goldfinches readily use the natural fibers in Hummer Helper Nesting Material to line their nest!!

Bird House Specifications for Specific Species

Name

Size of Floor

Height of Entrance Above Floor

Diameter of Hole

Height Above Ground

Chickadee

4” x 4”

4” – 6”

1 1/8”

6’ – 10’

Titmouse

4” x 4”

6” – 8”

1 ¼”

8’ – 15’

Nuthatch

4” x 4”

6” – 8”

1 ¼”

12’ – 20’

House Wren

4” x 4”

4” – 6”

1 1/8”

6’ – 10’

Carolina Wren

4” x 4”

4” – 6”

1 ½”

6’ – 12’

Screech Ow!

8” x 8”

9” – 12”

3”

10’ – 20’

Wood Duck

12” x 12”

10” – 18”

4”

8” – 20’

Purple Martins

12” x 12”

1”

2 ½”

15’ – 20’

Eastern Bluebird

4” x 4”

6” – 7 “

1 ½”

4’ – 6’

Woodpeckers

 

 

 

 

Flicker

7” x 7”

10” – 20”

2 ½”

10’ – 20’

Red-headed

6” x 6”

10” – 14”

2 ¼”

10’ – 20’

Downy

4” x 4”

8” – 12”

1 ½”

10’ – 20’

Hairy

6”x 6”

10” – 14”

2 ½”

10’ – 20’