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The following information in questions 1 through 6 is taken from The Birdhouse Network, � 2001 Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
1. When do I need to put out birdhouses?
A: Make sure your birdhouses are in place well
before the breeding season begins. Don�t be discouraged if the birds do not begin nesting in your box immediately; sometimes it takes time for the birds to find it. � In the south, place your birdhouses by February. � In northern regions, place your birdhouses by mid to late March.
2. Where is the best place to put my birdhouses?
A:Because different species of birds prefer different kinds of nesting habitat, the habitat surrounding your box will play a role in determining which species will nest in it. You may be limited in the habitat you have available. Refer to the nest box reference page for more information. Nest boxes for bluebirds should be placed in open habitat. If you are looking to attract a variety of species to your nest boxes and have ample room, you might consider pairing your boxes. This involves placing boxes in pairs on poles 15 to 25 feet apart; or you can put two boxes, back to back, on a single pole. Birds such as Tree Swallows and bluebirds will nest closely to one another, although conspecifics will be driven away. Pairing boxes has the advantage of allowing more birds of both species to coexist peacefully within the same habitat. A word of caution: Golf courses, cultivated fields, gardens, and yards are great habitats for nest boxes, but avoid areas where pesticides and herbicides are used. These agents are not only harmful to birds, they decrease and sometimes eliminate insect populations�the primary food source for many cavity-nesting species.
3. What's the difference between a birdhouse and a nest box?
A: Nothing. Nest box is just another term for birdhouse.
4. How do I place my birdhouse so it is secure
A:
Whichever method you choose to erect your boxes, be sure your box is secure enough to withstand high winds and severe weather. The best way to erect small nest boxes is on free-standing metal poles or PVC pipes. These pipes or poles offer several advantages: .Nest boxes can be mounted higher than when mounted on a fence post.
� Many predators find poles difficult to climb.
� Poles can also be easily equipped with a predator guard.
� View construction plans for predator guards.
� View plans on how to hang nest boxes. In a pinch, small nest boxes can be mounted on fence posts or trees. If you wish to attach a box to a living tree, do not use nails. Rather, slip a strand of galvanized wire through the vent holes and attach a bungee cord to both ends. Stretch the bungee cord around the tree, preferably over a limb. Remember however, that hanging boxes from trees provides an easy route for predators to reach the box.
5. If I disturb a bird's nest, won't that cause the mother bird to abandon it?
A:
Careful, sensible monitoring does not harm the birds and can add volumes to our knowledge of the nest box inhabitants. People are usually surprised to learn that you can peek into birdhouses (nest boxes) on a regular basis without harming the birds. The myth about birds smelling your scent on the box, nest, or eggs is exactly that: a myth. Songbirds generally have a poorly developed sense of smell, and careful nest box monitoring rarely leads to nest
abandonment. If you�ve never had the pleasure of being a "nest box landlord," you�re in for a treat. The more you can learn about the biology of your nest
box occupants, the more rewarding your birdhouse monitoring will be.
6. What do I do with the nest after the birds are through fledging?
A: Typically, old nest material is removed when the breeding season is over. New evidence suggests that this may not be the best procedure. After nesting season is complete, some people elect to seal off their birdhouses to prevent unwanted winter tenants. Some people render the boxes unusable by propping the door open. Others leave the boxes as they are and allow them to be used as roosting places for birds, mice, or squirrels. If your nest is soiled with fecal matter, we recommend removing the nest and cleaning the nest box out with a solution of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water. If the nest is not soiled,
you can choose to leave the nest in place or remove it altogether.
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This is an interesting article from BottomLineSecrets.com. This is a good article about bird feeders and how to use them correctly


Bird Feeders Can do More Harm Than Good


Stephen Kress
National Audubon Society

It isn't hard to attract birds to your yard in the winter -- just fill a bird feeder with seed. Unfortunately, some bird feeders can be dangerous to our feathered friends...


COMMON DANGERS


Windows.
Most bird feeders are placed near a window to facilitate birdwatching, but
this makes it likely that some birds will fly into the windows when they leave
the bird feeder. To reduce this risk, move the feeder even closer to your
window. When a feeder is three feet or less from the glass, departing birds
can�t build up enough momentum to seriously harm themselves.




Cats.
Position your feeder six feet or more from the nearest shrub or other ground
cover so that cats can�t hide and pounce on birds.



Squirrels.
If squirrels are an issue in your yard, place your feeder on a pole at least
five feet high and isolated from trees and buildings so that squirrels can't
leap onto the feeder. A metal cone-shaped baffle at least 20 inches in
diameter (available at garden shops) installed under the feeder should prevent
squirrels from climbing up. Or purchase a "squirrel-proof" feeder. However,
squirrels are very clever, so you might have to experiment.



Diseases.
Salmonella can be transferred among birds when droppings mix with
feed in the feeder, and other bird health problems can result from birdseed
that has begun to mold. Clean your feeder at least twice a year -- in early
fall and early spring. Hose the feeder down before bringing it inside, then
scrub with a stiff bottle brush using a mixture of hot water and 10%
non-chlorine bleach. Rinse well.


Helpful: Birds are not likely to become dependent on
bird feeders, so don't worry that local birds will suffer if you stop
providing feed.


FEED AND FEEDERS


The best way to attract interesting birds to your yard is to have more than one
bird feeder
. Tube-shaped seed feeders are popular with the widest
variety of birds, but flat-platform feeders appeal to ground-feeding birds,
such as sparrows.


Mixed birdseed often contains low-quality fillers that birds might discard
onto the ground, where they could mold or attract rodents. Black oil seed, a
type of sunflower seed, is the single most popular choice among most birds.
Small-beaked birds, including sparrows, juncos and doves, prefer white millet.
Offer these two feeds, and you'll keep most feeder birds happy.

Bottom Line/Personal interviewed Stephen Kress, vice president of bird conservation, National Audubon Society, Ithaca, New York. He is author of The Audubon Society Guide to Attracting Birds,(Cornell University).