Wrens and other Songbirds
No other aspect of nature enhances a home more than the presence of numerous songbirds. The birds that can use this nest box for raising young are many. No matter where you live in North America, a number of these species will inhabit your area, whether you live in the country, a suburb, or even a city. W
Wrens: With their bold personalities, lightning speed, and energetic song, these birds have to be among the most enjoyable birds in North America. Nine species exist in the United States: House Wren, Carolina Wren, Bewick’s Wren, Canyon Wren, Marsh Wren, Sedge Wren, Winter Wren, Cactus Wren, and Rock Wren. All of these species will readily accept nest boxes to raise their young.
Chickadees: From the lowland swamps of the southeast and the high mountains of the Rockies to the suburbs of cities, chickadees reside in good numbers. These high social, inquisitive, and handsome birds are one of the most frequently seen birds around human habitations, especially in winter when many other, larger birds head south. The five species of chickadee in North America are the Black-capped Chickadee, Boreal Chickadee, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Gray-headed Chickadee and Mountain Chickadee. Each one of these will readily accept a nest box. Check your local bird guide to determine which species is present in your area.
Nuthatches: These handsome birds have the habit of walking down tree trunks while foraging for insects and insect eggs and larvae. The four species in North America are the White Breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pygmy Nuthatch, and Brown-headed Nuthatch. They often flock with Chickadees and Titmice at birdfeeders.
Titmice: No other bird in North America seems to possess more variations of calls than these birds. Their flutelike calls are a constant presence in yards and gardens. The five species in our range are the Tufted Titmouse, Bridled Titmouse, Oak Titmouse, Juniper Titmouse, and Black-crested Titmouse.
Wrens, titmice, chickadees, and nuthatches all thrive amongst shrubs and trees and do quite well in suburban backyards. Some species are adapted to desert and scrub environments.
- Erect nest boxes at varying heights of between five and eight feet off the ground
- Provide seed in bird feeders
- Offer water from drip feeders or bird baths
- Plant native shrubs, especially ones that produce berries
- No need to provide nesting material; all of these species provide their own