Become a Backyard Landlord for Your Birds!
Everyone loves to watch young birds being fed and you can attract more birds to your property by offering them places to nest. By putting up nesting boxes you are replacing natural cavities that may have been removed by development.
Cavity-nesting birds in this area include the Eastern Bluebird, Carolina and House Wrens, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch (maybe Brown-headed and Red-breasted in some locations), Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Eastern Screech, Barred and Barn Owls and Wood Duck.
Choosing the Right Habitat
Determine the proper height to hang or mount your nest box. Many birds prefer their nesting habitat at a certain level, and you will be more likely to attract the species you seek if you place the box at the right height.
Find out where your specific bird likes to nest. Does the bird prefer woodlands or open spaces? Does it like to be near water?
Place your box in your yard before birds start seeking nesting spots in February and March. You can leave the box up all year, but clean it out in Fall so birds can use it as shelter in the Winter. Clean the box again before Spring. To clean, use a 10:1 water/bleach solution and let air dry and sit in the sun to disinfect further.
Keeping Predators at Bay
Use a predator guard over your nest box's hole to help keep critters from disturbing your nesting birds.
If you mount your nest box on a pole, be sure to place a baffle just below your box to keep squirrels, raccoons, cats and other animals away.
Observing Your Bird Family
Approach the box slowly. Lightly tap on the side of the box to give the adult bird a chance to leave. Open the box carefully to observe the birds. Briefly check on the birds once or twice a week. Photograph carefully and share with your family and friends.
We have a wide variety of nesting boxes and accessories available for most local species, and each one has been designed to accommodate the specific bird's unique nesting requirements. Stop by and talk to us about attracting birds to your property!