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That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

Too many bird houses can drive off nesting birds, including a specific bird species we want to attract.

For most yards, select just one or two bird species that are known to nest in bird houses in that region.

 

Nest boxes simulate tree cavities.

Some birds that nest in tree cavities will also nest inside wood nest boxes if they are the right size.

Some birds that nest on tree branches, cliffs, and rock ledges will also nest on wood platforms.

Birds like birdhouses to be in their favorite places.

 

Feeding birds will not attract birds to nest and raise a family in a bird house.

Nesting, egg laying birds need seclusion and are unlikely to nest in a bird house near throngs of birds flocking to bird feeders.

 

More than 70 North American bird species live in nest boxes or on platforms.

See which birds live near you. Learn about those birds and how to make birdhouses for them.

 

Barrow’s Goldeneye

(Rocky Mountain Garrot)

Bucephala islandica

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Bucephala
Species: islandica

La. anser goose
La. forma form, shape, kind
Gr. anous foolish
La. anas duck
La. idae appearance, resemblance

Gr. bous ox
Gr. kephale head
Gr. boukephalos bull-headed, large-headed
La. islandica island

Painting of barrow's goldeneye with two common goldeneyes in the background in water.

About twenty inches long. Dark purple iridescent head and throat. Black back. White breast and underside. White wing coverts and additional irregular spots. White crescent moon-shaped spot on each side of the head between the bill and the eyes.

Barrow's goldeneyes breed in the far north - Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Iceland. Some mountains further south.

Barrow’s goldeneyes raise their broods in the far north – Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Iceland, the furthest south being in the mountains of Wyoming and Oregon, in the east as far south as the Gulf of St. Lawrence. They winter as far south as California, New Mexico, the Great Lakes region and Massachusetts.

They dive for fish, frogs, shell fish and tender plant roots and seeds. They also eat insects.

They tolerate cold weather well being driven south only by frozen water. They migrate in small flocks sometimes with other duck species. Their wings produce a rhythmic whistling in flight, otherwise they are silent birds.

Barrow’s goldeneyes build nests of fine twigs and moss lined with down in decaying tree or stump hollows, or in rock crevices near water.

Females lay six to ten pale bluish eggs which hatch after about a month of incubation. Ducklings are led to water at a very young age and fly at about two months age.

Barrow’s Goldeneye Nest Box

The Barrow’s goldeneye nest box (same as for kestrels and screech owls) has an 8″ by 8″ floor, 15″ inside floor to ceiling, 3″ diameter entrance hole located 12″ above the floor and ventilation openings in the floor and under the ceiling. Make a Side Door.

Please do not attract duck families and leave them vulnerable to predators. Significant reduction in predation has been achieved through proper location, installation and protection from predators.

Duck nest box management best practices have so drastically reduced duckling mortality that it's probably unwise to do it any other way. It's even easier. Metal posts, cone guards, near the water, above ground, within reach, side opening doors. No ladders or boats. Easier, safer, best success rates.

Visit the Wood Duck Society. Follow their tested and proven best practices.

Barrow's Goldeneye Nest Box Page

Barrow’s Goldeneye Nest Box

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Barrow’s Goldeneye

(Rocky Mountain Garrot)

Bucephala islandica

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Bucephala
Species: islandica

La. anser goose
La. forma form, shape, kind
Gr. anous foolish
La. anas duck
La. idae appearance, resemblance

Gr. bous ox
Gr. kephale head
Gr. boukephalos bull-headed, large-headed
La. islandica island

Painting of barrow's goldeneye with two common goldeneyes in the background in water.

About twenty inches long. Dark purple iridescent head and throat. Black back. White breast and underside. White wing coverts and additional irregular spots. White crescent moon-shaped spot on each side of the head between the bill and the eyes.

Barrow's goldeneyes breed in the far north - Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Iceland. Some mountains further south.

Barrow’s goldeneyes raise their broods in the far north – Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Iceland, the furthest south being in the mountains of Wyoming and Oregon, in the east as far south as the Gulf of St. Lawrence. They winter as far south as California, New Mexico, the Great Lakes region and Massachusetts.

They dive for fish, frogs, shell fish and tender plant roots and seeds. They also eat insects.

They tolerate cold weather well being driven south only by frozen water. They migrate in small flocks sometimes with other duck species. Their wings produce a rhythmic whistling in flight, otherwise they are silent birds.

Barrow’s goldeneyes build nests of fine twigs and moss lined with down in decaying tree or stump hollows, or in rock crevices near water.

Females lay six to ten pale bluish eggs which hatch after about a month of incubation. Ducklings are led to water at a very young age and fly at about two months age.

Barrow’s Goldeneye Nest Box

The Barrow’s goldeneye nest box (same as for kestrels and screech owls) has an 8″ by 8″ floor, 15″ inside floor to ceiling, 3″ diameter entrance hole located 12″ above the floor and ventilation openings in the floor and under the ceiling. Make a Side Door.

Please do not attract duck families and leave them vulnerable to predators. Significant reduction in predation has been achieved through proper location, installation and protection from predators.

Duck nest box management best practices have so drastically reduced duckling mortality that it's probably unwise to do it any other way. It's even easier. Metal posts, cone guards, near the water, above ground, within reach, side opening doors. No ladders or boats. Easier, safer, best success rates.

Visit the Wood Duck Society. Follow their tested and proven best practices.

Barrow's Goldeneye Nest Box Page

Barrow’s Goldeneye Nest Box

Select to view or print birdhouse plans.

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Barrow’s Goldeneye

(Rocky Mountain Garrot)

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Painting of barrow's goldeneye with two common goldeneyes in the background in water.

Bucephala islandica

Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Bucephala
Species: islandica

La. anser goose
La. forma form, shape, kind
Gr. anous foolish
La. anas duck
La. idae appearance, resemblance

Gr. bous ox
Gr. kephale head
Gr. boukephalos bull-headed, large-headed
La. islandica island

About twenty inches long. Dark purple iridescent head and throat. Black back. White breast and underside. White wing coverts and additional irregular spots. White crescent moon-shaped spot on each side of the head between the bill and the eyes.

Barrow's goldeneyes breed in the far north - Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Iceland. Some mountains further south.

Barrow’s goldeneyes raise their broods in the far north – Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Iceland, the furthest south being in the mountains of Wyoming and Oregon, in the east as far south as the Gulf of St. Lawrence. They winter as far south as California, New Mexico, the Great Lakes region and Massachusetts.

They dive for fish, frogs, shell fish and tender plant roots and seeds. They also eat insects.

They tolerate cold weather well being driven south only by frozen water. They migrate in small flocks sometimes with other duck species. Their wings produce a rhythmic whistling in flight, otherwise they are silent birds.

Barrow’s goldeneyes build nests of fine twigs and moss lined with down in decaying tree or stump hollows, or in rock crevices near water.

Females lay six to ten pale bluish eggs which hatch after about a month of incubation. Ducklings are led to water at a very young age and fly at about two months age.

Visit the Barrow's Goldeneye Nest Box Page.
Barrow’s Goldeneye Nest Box

The Barrow’s goldeneye nest box (same as for kestrels and screech owls) has an 8″ by 8″ floor, 15″ inside floor to ceiling, 3″ diameter entrance hole located 12″ above the floor and ventilation openings in the floor and under the ceiling.

Make a Side Opening Door for easy access.

View or print birdhouse plans.

Barrow’s Goldeneye
Nest Box Plans

Duck nest box management best practices have so drastically reduced duckling mortality that it's probably unwise to do it any other way. It's even easier. Metal posts, cone guards, near the water, above ground, within reach, side opening doors. No ladders or boats. Easier, safer, best success rates.

Visit the Wood Duck Society. Follow their tested and proven best practices.

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