Doesn’t it happen that whenever you plan to purchase a new house, you look for every possible thing that will make your stay convenient? Picking a residence is not child’s play. And, that is true even for your birds. If you are a bird watcher, you would know how challenging it can be to pick the right house for your birds. You would also understand how much fun bird watching is. Because it is a great way to spend time, many people are taking up bird watching as a hobby. Thinking about joining the race? Before you do, you must read in detail about bird behavior and their choice of home.
Let’s begin by understanding that which birds pick which houses.
For bluebird watchers, it is vital to know that they nest at a place which is located near an old field, cemetery, orchard or even a golf course. Therefore, building them a nest box on the branch of a tree or on a wooden fence located near any of the listed open spaces will win you a greater chance of attracting any of these.
Another interesting fact about bluebirds is that they also nest in a shelter that has been abandoned by woodpeckers. If you want to build a birdhouse for a bluebird, keep in mind that the bluebirds won’t nest at a place that is constantly visited by predatory cats, chipmunks and other animals that prey on birds.
Robins build their nests on trees. However, if there isn’t one around, they can nest in a birdhouse if the platform is appropriate. Build them a home approximately six feet high on a tree with a lot of leaves and foliage. Because robins generally line their homes with mud, you must see to it that there is a mud pond nearby.
Curved barks of a tree are often inhabited by brown creepers. These birds also like to nest on slab bark houses. Another bird species that is often found nesting on slab bark houses are the Prothonotary warblers. However, the latter’s should be on a water body.
Tree swallows keenly stay in nest boxes that are attached to or hung on dead trees. In order to attract these birds, you will have to adjust the nest boxes in such a way that they are spaced approximately seven feet apart for their comfort. On the other hand, the violent-green swallows like to nest on mountains. Therefore, even if you wish to build a nest for these species, you will have to take to the hills and mountains.
These bird species prefer to stay near a pond or some water body that is surrounded by greenery. Therefore, if you wish to attract these birds, you must make them a bird house at a location that they prefer. Since they need more than 30 to 40 feet of unobstructed flying arena, they prefer a stretch of water followed by green and open gardens or fields. What else? If there is a wire or some other place to perch on, that would be great. A house 10 to 20 feet above the ground level will not fail to draw them.
Wooden suburbs are the best for these birds. Though they naturally nest in those shelters that have been abandoned by woodpeckers, they can also stay in a bird house that is placed at least ten feet above ground level, in a tree located in a field.
Every bird type has a different requirement for home and nesting places. While some birds don’t fly much, others have to cover long distances flying. This is why each bird species has a different preference with regard to a home.