Feb 7, 2018 | Featured in: Watching Backyard Birds, February 2018

Nest Boxes and Roost Boxes

Consider providing a winter songbird roosting box. Building one would be a fun winter's day project for you and your kids or grandkids.
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While cavity nesters often use nest boxes as shelter during the winter, they’re not ideal for keeping warm during frigid weather. Good nest boxes have ventilation and drainage holes at the bottom that let in cold air; they seldom provide perches; and the entrance hole is often at the top, allowing warm air to escape. Consider providing a winter songbird roosting box. Building one would be a fun winter's day project for you and your kids or grandkids. Download instructions here »

Hang Nest Boxes Now

Many cavity-nesting birds select their nesting sites well before breeding season. Place new nesting boxes as early in the year as possible to improve odds of springtime occupancy. Bluebirds, chickadees, titmice, wrens, and woodpeckers will roost in suitable human-made boxes. Place a few twigs at the bottom, making it easier for the birds to perch.



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