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: BNA Online
- Open Woodland
Attach Nest Box To
- Live tree
Known Nesting Period
Some Nesting Occurrence
Nesting in Most of Range
Nest Box Placement
Nest Box Measurements
Width & Length:
- Place the box under a tree limb at the woodland edge, with adjacent fields or wetlands. Install the box on a tree that is at least as wide as the box.
- It is helpful if there is a branch nearby for the young to climb out on, but the branch should not obstruct the entrance hole.
- Add 2–3" of wood shavings to the box.
- To prevent use by squirrels, place the box on a pole with a predator guard, located far enough away from nearby trees that squirrels cannot jump to it.
- You can install a second nest box within a pair's territory as a backup in case the first nest fails. Second nests are almost always in an alternate site.
- Avoid disturbing nesting females during and shortly after egg-laying, as they may abandon the nest if disturbed early in the nesting cycle. It is best to wait at least one week, if not two, after finding a nest to check the contents.