Barrow’s Goldeneye

Nest box Plan and Information

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Barrow’s Goldeneye
© Nick Dean
Construction difficulty:
moderate

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Nesting Range

Barrow’s Goldeneye Range Source: BNA Online

Nesting Habitat

  • Lake

Attach Nest Box To

  • Dead Tree
  • Live tree
  • Pole
  • Post

Known Nesting Period

Not Nesting
Some Nesting Occurence
Nesting in Most of Range
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
Source: BNA Online

Nest Box Placement

Nest Height:
6ft
16ft

6–16 feet

Minimum Spacing:

395 feet

Facing:

Toward Water

Nest Box Measurements

Entrance Hole:

5" wide x 4" high

Depth:

24"

Width & Length:

8"

9 1/4"

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Helpful Tips

  • Barrow's Goldeneye prefers small lakes with abundant invertebrates (i.e., fishless lakes) with shallow shores. Lakes bordered by forest or open rangeland are preferred.
  • Mount nest boxes close to water, preferably over 16' high for best chance of attracting goldeneyes.
  • Place several inches of wood shavings in the box in early spring.
  • Females may desert their clutch if disturbed during the first two weeks of incubation. Observe nests carefully during this time.
  • Boxes can be mounted over water to reduce the likelihood of predation. Boxes on land should be equipped with a predator guard.
  • Regular nest checks and removal of European Starling nests can improve nest use and success.
  • Brood parasitism can negatively affect nesting success. If egg-dumping becomes a problem, move nest boxes farther apart. (Typical clutch size for this species is 6–12 eggs; larger clutches are likely the result of egg-dumping.)