Predator Protection: Backyard predators that threaten bird houses can include pets, stray cats, raccoons, rats, squirrels, snakes, mice and even stinging insects. Other bird species may also kill or injure baby birds and their parents either for a meal food or to take over the house for their own nesting site. To make a bird house safe from predators. Remove any perches from the house: Birds do not need them to access the house, and perches only provide convenient handholds for predators. At the same time, remove any nearby branches that could also provide a way for predators to access the house.
Unwanted Tenants. Don't let your birdhouses become homes for Starlings or House Sparrows! These birds were introduced into the contiguous United States from Europe during the mids and early 1900s. Both species spread throughout North America and have become serious agricultural and urban pests. In addition, both species compete with native North American birds for cavity_nest sites and thus may harm native bird populations. For example, nest site competition by Starlings and House Sparrows has been blamed, in part, for the population declines of the Eastern Bluebird, a cavity_nesting bird.