Nest box Plan and Information
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Species in decline
This species is in decline in certain regions. You can put up a nest box to help if you live in the right region and habitat.
- Not declining
- Not present
Nesting RangeSource: Birds of the World
Attach Nest Box To
- Dead Tree
- Live tree
Known Nesting Period
Some Nesting Occurrence
Nesting in Most of Range
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- 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.)