Morning sun glints off the chickadee box.
One of my favorite nest boxes is this wren “condo” I bought on etsy. So far a total of zero birds have nested in it. Harumph.
If you were to call me a bird nerd I would beam with pride. I have nest boxes tacked up all over the farm. Here’s the proof:
This little wren house was used last spring to raise one brood and has been used as a perch ever since. I love having wrens nest on the porch because I swear it keeps the wasp population down.
Another vacant wren house. (C’mon! Some bird put all those twigs in there.)
And where do the wrens nest since they aren’t in the expensive boxes I provided for them?
In the tool shed…
…and in an empty cavity feeder that is stored inside the barn…
…and of course in this fern on the front porch.
We have had better luck with other boxes.
Another etsy find, this box is stained a gorgeous pale blue and has a copper roof. I adore that offset entrance hole. This spring a pair of chickadees raised a brood in this box. Squee!
This is my first-ever Peterson style bluebird house and it is located in the middle of the back yard. I installed this box in February and a nesting pair moved in within weeks. They are raising their second brood now.
An old old nest box perched atop the fence in the pony pen.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology sets the standard in citizen science programs involving wild birds. Be sure to check out nestwatch.org where you will be welcomed into a huge family of bird nerds.