Putting Up Birdhouses
Really the habitant redo around here has paid off in many more birds living in and visiting the garden. There never used to be robins here but now they are here all the time. The Catbirds only used to come here in summer when the blueberries ripened now they are here until they fly south in the fall. Last year they nested here.
Open nesters that nest here are Orioles, Morning Doves, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Robins, Mockingbirds, and one year a house finch. I have Hummingbirds, Songsparrows, Blackbirds (grackles) and Cowbirds. But those don't nest here, or at least I have never seen a nest for them.
I have seen Tree Swallows flying overhead but they never seem to stop in my garden. Last year I saw a Wood Thrush which stayed for awhile before moving on. Also seen Chipping Sparrows but they only stay for awhile. I have never seen a Bluebird. We have Goldfinches but they nest elsewhere and come here to eat.
Cavilty nesters include Starlings (in my neighbors garage eves), Chicadees for 3 years in a row now, House Wrens for the first time last year. I have Carolina Wrens but never nested. I had Downey Woodpeckers nesting three years ago but not since.
We have Flickers here and Red Bellied Woodpeckers plus I have even seen Hairey Woodpeckers.
So I am putting up more birdhouses especially for the Woodpeckers. I know the Downey Woodpecker wants a deeper box than the Bluebird box with some shavings in the bottom and thats what I got. Then I got a Starling Resistant Flicker Box. It has a plexiglass in front of the entance hole. The birds can see the entrance but only way to get there is to climb up the box like a flicker or woodpecker does, not fly in as the other birds do. I would be very happy if either a Flicker or Red Bellied Woodpecker picked that box.