Bird House Placement
Where you put your bird house is as important as
its design and construction. Cavity-nesting birds are very particular
about where they live. If you don't have the right habitat, the birds
are not likely to find the house. You can modify your land to attract
the birds you want to see by putting out a bird bath, planting
fruit-bearing shrubs, including more trees or installing a pond with a
Once you've matched up the light bird house with
the appropriate habitat, you have to know where to put the nest box.
Should you hang it from a tree limb, nail it to a fence or mount it on
a pole or a tree trunk?
Most species require a fairly narrow range of
heights for nest boxes. After checking the table in this brochure,
pick a height that's convenient for you. After all, you will want to
watch what goes on and keep the box clean. If you want to watch
chickadees from your second floor window or deck, fifteen feet is
reasonable but it's a lot easier to clean out a box at eye level.
Here are some tips on where to put bird houses:
don't put bird houses near bird feeders.
houses mounted on metal poles are less
vulnerable to predators than houses nailed to tree trunks or hung from
use no more than four small nest boxes or one
large box per acre for any one species.
put about 100 yards between bluebird boxes and
75 yards between swallow boxes. (If you have both species, pair the
houses with one bluebird box 25 feet from a swallow box.)
don't put more than one box in a tree unless the
tree is extremely large or the boxes are for different species.
if you have very hot summers, face the entrance
holes of your boxes north or east to avoid overheating the box.