About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Is it too late to put up a bird house?

It's never too late or too early to put up nest boxes! Bluebirds and other cavity nesting birds typically begin nesting in March depending on where you live. But they usually have more than one brood per season and may switch to a new site for their second or third brood.
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Or if a birds' first nesting is unsuccessful, perhaps due to predators, they may appreciate a better nest box.
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So, you can put houses up year round. Some birds will even use nest boxes as roosting sites in the winter. 
Best Nest
 Just like feeders, it’s best to find a house that is designed well and easy to clean. Look for homes with an easy clean out, proper ventilation, drainage holes, untreated wood, or recycled plastic houses with the proper design. Not all birdhouses are equal. Studies show the inside dimension, the shape and the diameter of the opening determine what birds it will attract.

Create Habitat
People provide bird houses or “nest boxes” because in nature most of these birds use tree hollows or old woodpeckers’ nests. But today we are quick to remove dead and decaying trees with holes because they could become dangerous and fall in storms. So we help Mother Nature by providing alternate homes.
In return the birds will do their best to decimate the bug population in your yard by stuffing their kids’ mouths. And they are also educational and entertaining to watch! 

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