Boreal Owls prefer mixed spruce_hardwood forests, while Saw_whet Owls prefer to nest near the edge of spruce or deciduous forest groves. Woodpecker nest boxes should be placed 6┰ feet above the ground, though Hairy Woodpeckers prefer nest sites 12 feet or more above the ground. Common Flickers nest in open areas and open park_like areas, while Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers prefer open deciduous forests.
Although both species have been found in Alaska, only Starlings have become established, as yet. Starling nests have been recorded in central and southeastern Alaska, and the species is regularly observed in southcoastal and western Alaska. Starlings and House Sparrows will use nest boxes with entrance holes larger than 1ƽ inches in diameter. Keep a careful watch on your waterfowl, owl, woodpecker, and bluebird nest boxes to be sure that Starlings and House Sparrows do not invade them. (Please report any observation of Starlings or House Sparrows to Alaska Wildlife Observations, c/o University of Alaska Museum, 907 Yukon Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99701).