We have tenants!

@Fleura (5079)
United Kingdom
May 18, 2017 6:01am CST
Earlier in the year I bought three new birdboxes. Then of course I didn’t get around to putting them up for a while, until I was afraid it might be too late. But once I eventually did I was pleased to see a bluetit examining one of them. It flew to a nearby branch, had a look at the outside, flew a bit nearer, looked at it from a different angle, then it went inside and looked around, came out and examined the outside again, then flew off, presumably to report back on whether it was a desirable residence. Whatever the test was, the box must have passed because although I wasn’t sure for a while (those little birds are so quick and quiet going in and out that it’s surprisingly hard to spot them) I can now hear excited cheeping coming from two of the boxes, and I’ve seen a parent bird coming and going. The three boxes have different-sized holes, supposedly (according to the RSPB – Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) to cater for different species, but it seems that bluetits have chosen two of the boxes anyway. I’m not sure about the third, I haven’t seen or heard anything yet but you never know. What I was really curious about is – how does a bird evaluate a potential nest site? The box is simply a plain, empty wooden box, but even so when the bird went inside it spent an inordinate amount of time in there. What was it thinking? It couldn’t really have been wondering whether the furniture would fit or if it would need to change the décor, surely? All rights reserved. © Text and image copyright Fleur 2017.
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@boiboing (12561)
• Northampton, England
18 May
I can't have bird boxes with killer cats on the prowl but I was very happy recently when all the eggs laid in my bee boxes started to hatch.
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@Fleura (5079)
• United Kingdom
18 May
Ooh that was exciting! What sort of bees?
@boiboing (12561)
• Northampton, England
18 May
@Fleura There are apparently hundreds of types of so-called solitary bees. Many are what sometimes get called 'mason bees'.
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@Fleura (5079)
• United Kingdom
18 May
@boiboing yes there are! One of the members of a local wildlife group is a self-taught bee specialist and now the county recorder for bees; I've learnt a lot about bees (and wasps, of which there are even more hundreds of species) from him.
@prinzcy (5103)
• Malaysia
18 May
That's really cute and awesome I don't install any box. But occasionally, wild birds would make a nest in my backyard. We have a rule not to shoot or disturb them. We even told outsiders not to hunt in our backyard. That help the birds to live peacefully.
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@Fleura (5079)
• United Kingdom
18 May
When I was growing up we used to have a wren that returned every year to nest just above our mail-box (which was in our garage). A few years ago my Mum discovered a spotted flycatcher had made a nest on the top of a broom, which she had left leaning, bristle-side up, against the wall outside the back door!
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• United States
18 May
Different birds need/like different types of birdhouses. We have a lot of bluebirds i this area and there are bluebird specific bird houses.
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@allen0187 (18226)
• Philippines
18 May
I guess bird houses need to pass a bird inspection.
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@Fleura (5079)
• United Kingdom
18 May
Obviously! I could just imagine it inside, producing a little clip-board and pen : )
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@allen0187 (18226)
• Philippines
20 May
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@Ceerios (4243)
• Goodfellow, Texas
4 Jun
@Fleura - Careful bird, that one. Your photo shows it cheking out its new front yard. -Gus-
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@Fleura (5079)
• United Kingdom
5 Jun
Yes it's having a good look. It must have made the right choice as the family seems to have been successful.
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@JudyEv (83934)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 May
Maybe it was considering if there were any draughts or if the box was facing the optimum direction for its needs. Who knows? But it's lovely that two of the boxes now are 'homes'.
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@Fleura (5079)
• United Kingdom
18 May
Yes it's very encouraging. I bought these ones in a bit of a hurry but I'll see if I can make some more for next spring.
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@LadyDuck (95059)
• Switzerland
18 May
I have noticed how long they stay inside. May be they check if it's warm enough, protected by the sun and the rain, a safe place far from wild animals... Birds are lovely.
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