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.
Many birders enjoy having bird houses in their backyard to watch bird families as eggs are laid, chicks are hatched and fledglings are raised. It can be devastating, however, when tragedy befalls those feathered families, and hazards can come in many forms. Predators, poor climate and illness are just a few threats can all take a toll on backyard bird populations. These dozen tips for safer bird house designs can help turn the odds in favor of nesting birds’ survival by minimizing the greatest risks.