Birds in Nest Boxes: How to Help, Study, and Enjoy Birds when Snags Are Scarce

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If you put up nest boxes but never look inside, you miss the fun of observing young birds up close. Written for beginning bird lovers and professional ornithologists alike, this book will help you discover the fascination and importance of nest box monitoring. You can create nesting habitat and attract birds such as chickadees, swallows, bluebirds, owls, kestrels, and ducks. Information for western North America, except desert habitat. The general principles are applicable ...
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Overview

If you put up nest boxes but never look inside, you miss the fun of observing young birds up close. Written for beginning bird lovers and professional ornithologists alike, this book will help you discover the fascination and importance of nest box monitoring. You can create nesting habitat and attract birds such as chickadees, swallows, bluebirds, owls, kestrels, and ducks. Information for western North America, except desert habitat. The general principles are applicable throughout the United States and Canada.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879612702
  • Publisher: Naturegraph Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 143
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 5
Introduction 9
Snags 11
Cavity Nesting 17
Secondary Cavity Nesters 23
Stages of the Nesting Cycle 27
Nest Construction 28
Egg Laying 31
Incubation 31
Egg Hatching 33
Growth and Development 33
Fledging 40
Species and Nest Site Preferences 41
Chickadees, Titmice, and Nuthatches 42
Wrens 44
Bluebirds and Flycatchers 45
Swallows 46
Waterfowl 48
Owls and Kestrels 50
Woodpeckers 52
Other Birds 53
Squirrels 54
Bats 55
Problems and Solutions 57
Weather 57
Empty Boxes 59
Unwanted Occupants 60
Predation 68
Insects and Other Arthropods 72
Vandalism 74
Miscellaneous 74
Making Homes for Wildlife 75
Creating Snags 75
Creating Cavities 78
Hollow Log Boxes 79
Building and Putting Up Nest Boxes 81
Nest Box Dimensions 84
Checking a Nest Box 85
As You Approach Each Box 86
Before You Open the Box 88
When You Open the Box 91
As You Remove Things from the Box 95
After You Examine All the Evidence 106
Key to Nests of Secondary Cavity Nesters 111
Monitoring Nest Boxes 121
Setting Objectives 121
Planning the Project 122
Site Location 122
Number of Boxes to Monitor 123
Number of Visits 127
Recording Nest Data 130
Equipment Checklist 131
Additional Sources of Information 133
Permits 133
Organizations and Networking 133
References 136
Index 141
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