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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Bird house entrance hole for a White-breasted Nuthatch

How big should the door be on the bird house for a White-breasted Nuthatch?
Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Nuthatches need an entrance hole of at least 1 1/4 inches, the same as Black-capped Chickadees. They like to nest in old woodpecker nests in trees or natural tree hollows but might be tempted to nest in a box if you live in a wooded residential area.

Nest construction can begin as early as mid- to late March. However, egg laying typically is delayed until the end of April and into May.

They prefer to nest on the edge of a woodland of mature pines with mixed deciduous trees. Houses can be mounted on poles or on the side of trees, the higher the better (5 to 20 feet). In the colder zones like Michigan, the entrance hole should be facing south to make it more attractive. You can find out more information about White-breasted Nuthatches at the Sialis or NestWatch Web sites.

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