...in preparation for "open house"!
Soon (very soon!) there will be lots of feathered families searching the real estate market for the perfect abode to call home. In the human world, real estate is often valued on location, location, location. Well, birds aren't much different as they also seek out prime locations. The chosen house must be safe from the elements, safe from predators, and perfect for raising a family. A proper food and water source must also be nearby.
Nesting habits vary amongst bird species. Woodpeckers, tree swallows, eastern bluebirds, screech owls, and chickadees are a few of the cavity nesters (which means they will sometimes use a man-made birdhouse). Other species, such as robins, cardinals, and most warblers, build cup nests (the type of nest most people think of as a typical bird nest). Some birds, such as the ovenbird, are ground nesters, Red-winged blackbirds build a cup intertwined with cattails low to the ground near a body of water. Baltimore and orchard orioles build swinging pendulum nests that hang high in the trees. Birds nests are amazing!
|tree swallow nest. tree swallow nests are almost always feather-lined. the swallows will travel great distances to find feathers to line their nests and will sometimes fight over them in midair!|
Each year, in late February, I check all of my birdhouses at the farm to make sure they are in good condition and clean.
I currently have ten birdhouses:1. bluebird/tree swallow box at the pond
2. bluebird/tree swallow box near the gate
3. bluebird/tree swallow box on the west end of the sanctuary
4. bluebird/tree swallow box on the east end of the sanctuary
5. northern flicker house on the north end of the property
6. barred owl box on Ovenbird Trail
7. robin/phoebe shelf on east side of barn
8. robin/phoebe shelf on north side of barn
9. chickadee box at the head of Ovenbird Trail
10. chickadee box at east tree line
|chickadee (mouse) box|