What Attracts Birds to a House? Just as home buyers look for specific features when house shopping a large kitchen, enough bedrooms, garage size, etc. birds also need certain features in their houses. Factors that affect which birds will use a bird house or nesting box include; Entrance hole size, Overall cavity depth and house height, Interior floor dimensions, General house shape and design, Materials used, House location and mounting style.
Providing houses for swallows, chickadees, snow buntings, waterfowl, and small owls is an enjoyable hobby for any Alaskan who enjoys wildlife around their home or community. Birdhouses built according to specifications, placed in the proper habitat, and maintained regularly benefit both birds and people. But, incorrectly built or maintained houses either will not be used by birds, or worse, become death traps for nesting birds.