Nest box Plan and Information
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Nesting RangeSource: BNA Online
- Open Woodland
Attach Nest Box To
- Live tree
Known Nesting Period
Some Nesting Occurence
Nesting in Most of Range
Nest Box Placement
South or East
Nest Box Measurements
Width & Length:
- When possible, make boxes out of reclaimed weathered wood, as weathered boxes seem to be more readily accepted than new boxes. Exterior-grade plywood, pine, and cedar are good choices for wood.
- 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 chips to the box floor.
- Leave boxes open all winter for roosting.
- Install new boxes by January.
- Pairs nesting in suburban habitats are generally tolerant of humans close to their nests, but avoid checking nest boxes during the egg-laying stage.
- 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.