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).
Chickadee nest boxes should be placed on trees in wooded areas. Boreal and Chestnut_backed Chickadees prefer coniferous forests, while Black_capped Chickadees prefer deciduous woods. Chickadees nest 6┫ feet above the ground. Sawdust or woodchips may be placed in the bottom of chickadee nest boxes. Chickadees prefer split_log nest boxes. Nuthatch nest boxes should be placed 6┰ feet above the ground on a tree in mixed coniferous_hardwood forest. Nuthatches perfer split_log nest boxes.