Keep Nestboxes From Becoming Lunch Boxes
Putting up birdhouses is a great way to provide habitat for native cavity nesting birds. Most songbirds such as bluebirds, swallows, wrens, titmice, and chickadees nest in cavities. In the wild they locate cavities in trees, but in a suburban environment such nest spaces can be few and far between. If you put up a birdhouse or nest platform it's important to be a good landlord to your feathered tenants. If you're aren't prepared to monitor, clean, and protect birdhouses then you might want to content yourself with just enjoying the occasional visitor to your yard. In our video Tricia gives you advice for choosing, placing, and maintaining birdhouses. So how do you keep those birdhouses from becoming bento boxes for hungry raccoons, snakes, cats and squirrels? The first defense is an appropriate location, followed by a predator guard. There are three main types of predator guards that are easy and inexpensive to build.