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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Give a birdhouse some privacy

Active birdfeeding areas make terrible nesting sites  - too much going on. Areas near birdbaths are "no-nest zones" too. Nesting birds, whatever the species, tend to be very territorial and dislike the constant activity around a birdfeeder or birdbath.

You may see birds near a feeder but that doesn't mean they're nesting there.  Trees and shrubs near feeders are merely staging areas  - intermediate perches to see if a feeder or birdbath is safe, or the food's promising.

A nesting bird doesn't want to be scrutinized for even a second. She (usually it's a female) is terribly vulnerable and the nestlings are helpless.(That's also why most female birds aren't brightly colored)

A reader's remedy for birds smashing into windows. It consists of strips of cloth hung about a foot from the glass and weighted with small clay pots.

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