Nov 30, 2015 | Featured in: Watching Backyard Birds, December 2015

It's Always a Good Time for a Nest Box!

Nest boxes provide shelter in the dead of winter.
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People may tell you that nest boxes must be put up in the springtime, when birds start to sing, mate, and build nests. Actually, nest boxes can be put up any time of year. The longer a nest box is part of your backyard habitat, the more likely birds are to accept and use it. Put a box up in the dead of winter, and it may well serve as a nightly roost for a downy woodpecker, nuthatch, chickadee, titmouse, or bluebird. The only clue you'll have is a few droppings, feathers, or regurgitated seeds in the bottom of the box, unless you’re lucky enough to see the birds enter the box at dusk. Don't be concerned about when you put your nest boxes up; just get them up!

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