Tips on Hosting Nesting Birds

Whether your yard is urban, suburban, or rural, you can encourage nesting birds to take up residence. Food, water, and a sheltered nesting site are the essentials. Offering these nesting sites is also a great way of preventing birds from nesting in undesired places, like your gutter. Debris like leaves, sticks, and mud can build up in your gutter, which are all materials that birds use for nesting and so it only seems convenient for birds to make a home in the gutter. Gutter cleaning companies like Clean Pro Gutter Cleaning Lexington will prevent birds from making a home in your gutter and take up the option they have of nesting sites. Here are some tips to increase your likelihood of success:

 

Many birds might nest in your backyard. Chickadees, swallows, nuthatches, woodpeckers, wrens, and other birds will accept bird houses, or nest boxes. Other backyard birds may choose a nice branch or crotch of a tree to build a nest. To increase the likelihood of hosting nesting birds, consider the following:
* Built to Audubon specifications. No, birds don’t fly around with little tape measures looking for just the right hole size and cavity depth. But, scientists have researched the best depth and hole size to attract the birds who are willing to nest in a bird house.

* Ventilation and Drainage. Select bird houses that “breathe,” for healthier nestlings.

* Wood chips or shavings in the bottom. Chickadees, small woodpeckers and other birds will move them around, or even remove them, as part of their nesting rituals.

* Predators can wreak havoc. Take precautions against raccoons, cats and larger birds. Never have a perch on a bird house -it helps predator birds reach inside. A Bird Guardian, an elongated access tunnel fitting over the hole of a bird house, can protect nestlings from the reach of predators. A portal prevents squirrels from enlarging the opening and claiming the bird house for themselves.

* Location is important. Most nesting birds are territorial, so your yard may only accommodate one family of a particular species. Mount nest boxes at least thirty feet apart to minimize disputes. Partly concealed, shady locations are best, with a clear flight path to the entrance.

* Offer nest-building materials. Both cavity- and branch-nesters are attracted to a supply of nesting material in a mesh produce bag or unusued suet cage. Short lengths of yard or string, clothes dryer lint, or animal fur may all be used by nest-building birds. Best Nest Builder is a ready-to-hang mesh bag filled with untreated cotton – perfect for softening the interior of nests.

* Keep it Clean. Reduce parasite problems by removing the contents of the bird house at the end of nesting season and cleaning it with a mild solution of 90% water and 10% household chlorine bleach.