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.
To contribute, email me at bloubird@gmail.com.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Other birds that use bluebird houses

If I don't have any bluebirds will other birds go in a bird house?

If you live in the suburbs a “bluebird” house could also house some other common backyard birds like House sparrows, wrens, chickadees, titmice, woodpeckers, and Tree Swallows. Wild Birds Unlimited also has homes for flickers, Purple Martins, Screech Owls, American Kestrels, Wood Ducks and nesting platforms for robins and doves.

March is a great month to take stock of what repairs need to be made on old houses and where you can place new ones. Properly designed nest boxes, placed in the appropriate habitat can truly benefit the birds and also provide a focal point for people (big and little) to learn about nature. It’s great fun setting up the boxes and then monitor all of the nesting activity throughout the season.

Wild Birds Unlimited - East Lansing has a variety of houses right now. There are some pottery, wood, recycled plastic and more to choose from. Most of the wood houses are made out of hand chosen white cedar scraps from right here in Michigan. You couldn’t ask for better quality and at a great price. Look for homes with an easy clean out, proper ventilation, drainage holes, and with the proper design.

HummerHelper™ helps a hummingbirds line a nest
And don't forget the nesting material. Whether they nest in a box or in a tree, most songbirds still need something to line the nest to make it soft for the chicks. There are several different nesting materials that we recommend. You can purchase Natural Cotton Balls and Birdie Bells full of feathers, straw, and cotton at our Wild Birds Unlimited store in East Lansing, MI. Or gather clean pet hair or cotton yarn cut no longer than 3 inches. We DO NOT recommend dryer lint. There may be perfumes and soap residue, but more important it isn’t a good nest building material. Lint hardens after getting wet providing a poor nest for baby birds.

In the end, whether the birds choose your birdhouse or are collecting twigs, leaves, feathers, cattail fluff or cottonwood down, moss, bark, pine needles, mud, spider webs or the nesting material we offer, it's fun to watch different birds begin their families.

Related Articles:
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How to Protect My Bluebird House http://bit.ly/ylogXa
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5 Tips to Attract Birds to Nest in your Bird Houses http://bit.ly/x16Dqr
When do you clean bird houses? http://bit.ly/zpTAiX

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