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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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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.
• United Kingdom
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!