Wild birdhouses and nesting boxes
are in many ways the bird lover's equivalent of the gardener's hanging baskets
and window boxes. They add style and beauty as well as function to any backyard
or window. In the case of the birder, they also keep the objects of our
There are many wild birds that prefer
hollowed logs, tree limbs and/or shelves (sometimes in a sheltered eave of your
house). These birds are rightly called "cavity-nesting" birds. Many cavity
nesters also welcome a nesting box or birdhouse provided by you. These birds
include bluebirds, chickadees, nuthatches, titmice, wrens, woodpeckers, Purple
Martins, some owls, swallows and wood ducks.
Birds that nest in birdhouses may also
have preference as to where you decide to place their home. Finding out the
location and height preferences of whatever particular bird you wish to attract
will go a long way to being successful.
For instance, bluebirds like
open areas with a natural perch nearby (a tree limb, a fence, a small shrub,
etc.). If you mount more than one bluebird house on your property, you should
leave at least 100 feet distance between them. It is always wise to check what
will attract the bird you wish to invite to nest.