Bird Feeding Tips
Tips on attracting and feeding backyard birds.
Nesting season is over, so what should I do with my nest boxes?
The first thing you can do is to clean out any old nesting materials. On many nest boxes you can gain access by swinging open the front or side panel. If that isn’t possible, many boxes have a bottom that can be unscrewed. If all else fails, take a bent coat hanger, hook the nesting material and drag it out through the entrance hole. Make sure that any drainage holes are unplugged (another good use for your trusty coat hanger).
Chickadee exiting the nest box.
Also check for squirrel damage around the hole. You can purchase metal plates of different sizes that can be put around the hole to prevent further damage (chewed wood), then hose out the box and let dry in the sun. Last, re-hang the box so your birds have all winter too get comfortable with it. There is a wide selection of boxes for many species.
You might also consider mounting a roosting box or two in your yard. Many species have been known to huddle together inside these boxes – all part of your year-round role as Hotelier to the Birds!