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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.

 

Some bird species are more easily attracted to bird houses than other bird species.

 

See each species page for habits, geographic ranges and optimum locations and placement.

 

See the right birdhouse to build for each bird species at the Bird House Pages.

See which birds live near you and where they nest at the Bird Pages.

Print Birdhouse Plans with clear drawings and dimensions for each bird species.

 

Make pilot holes slightly larger in the primary work piece (first piece in which the screw is inserted) such that screws can be turned in easily without leaving room for movement.

Screws should be more snug in secondary work pieces so that screws can be tightened, but not so tight as to split the wood or to strip the hole and loosen the screw.

 

Wear Eye Protection!

Eye injuries are the most common serious injury and the most easily prevented.

 

For increased ventilation in warmer climates, floor and side panel corner gaps can be larger than plans specify.

Some woodworkers may prefer to drill strategically located holes for ventilation and leave floor panels whole.

 

Design nest boxes with clear and easy access to their interior. Bird houses need to be be cleaned and disinfected after the brooding season to be certain that parasites, their eggs and larvae are completely eliminated.

 

Mountain Chickadee

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Poecile
Species: gambeli

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
La. parum too little
La. parus titmouse, tomtit

La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. poecile painted
La. gambeli for William Gambel

About four inches or a little longer, black crown and throat, white supercilium (line from the base of the upper mandible over the eye to the back of the head).

Painting of a mountain chickadee perched in a pine tree next to a pine cone against a foggy background.

White on sides of the head to the back of the neck. Gray back, wings and tail. Light grayish white underside.

Range map shows mountain chickadees range from New Mexico, Arizona, California and Baja to Montana, Idaho, Washington, and British Columbia.

Mountain chickadees inhabit coniferous and mixed forests year around in the mountainous regions of western U.S. from New Mexico, Arizona, California and Baja to Montana, Idaho, Washington, and British Columbia.​

They forage in trees and thickets for insects, their eggs and larvae, spiders, cone seeds and fruit.

Mountain chickadees visit feeders. Feed Chickadees sunflower seeds, nyjer (thistle seeds), nuts and suet. Plant Sumac and Bayberry to attract Chickadees.

They hiss like snakes and feign hostile motions if intruders threaten their nests.

Mountain chickadees build nests of grass, plant down and wool or hair in natural or abandon cavities, or excavate their own cavities in trees and stumps from near the ground up to twenty feet.

They also nest in properly sized birdhouses well placed in their favored habitats.

Painting of a mountain chickadee hanging upside down from a coniferous tree twig.

Females lay six to ten, more or less, white, sometimes speckled eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another three weeks.

The Mountain Chickadee Birdhouse (same as for Nuthatches, Titmice, Downy Woodpecker and other Chickadees) has a 4″ by 4″ floor, 9″ inside ceiling, 1 1/4″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes.

Secure a hinged roof with brass shutter hooks for easy access.

Mount this nest box on a tree trunk or hang from a limb from chest level to just out of reach, higher may be necessary.

Place a few wood chips, not sawdust, on the nest box floor.

Remove the nest and clean the box well after the brood rearing season is over.

Nuthatches, titmice, downy woodpeckers and other chickadees may use this box.

Visit the Mountain Chickadee Birdhouse Page

Mountain Chickadee Birdhouse

View and print birdhouse plans for chickadees, nuthatches, titmice and downy woodpeckers.

Mountain Chickadee Birdhouse Plans

Photo of winter warmer made of red cedar.

Winter Bird Warmer

View and print the winter bird warmer plans.

Winter Warmer Plans

If you mount a Winter Warmer and occasionally lift the lid in cold weather, you may see several cuddling chickadees, possibly with titmice and nuthatches, maybe even a downy.

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Mountain Chickadee

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Poecile
Species: gambeli

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
La. parum too little
La. parus titmouse, tomtit

La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. poecile painted
La. gambeli for William Gambel

About four inches or a little longer, black crown and throat, white supercilium (line from the base of the upper mandible over the eye to the back of the head).

A mountain chickadee perched nest to a pine cone in a pine tree against a foggy background

White on sides of the head to the back of the neck. Gray back, wings and tail. Light grayish white underside.

Range map shows mountain chickadees range from New Mexico, Arizona, California and Baja to Montana, Idaho, Washington, and British Columbia.

Mountain chickadees inhabit coniferous and mixed forests year around in the mountainous regions of western U.S. from New Mexico, Arizona, California and Baja to Montana, Idaho, Washington, and British Columbia.

They forage in trees and thickets for insects, their eggs and larvae, spiders, cone seeds and fruit.

Mountain chickadees visit feeders. Feed Chickadees sunflower seeds, nyjer (thistle seeds), nuts and suet.

Plant Sumac and Bayberry to attract Chickadees.

They hiss like snakes and feign hostile motions if intruders threaten their nests.

Mountain chickadees build nests of grass, plant down and wool or hair in natural or abandon cavities, or excavate their own cavities in trees and stumps from near the ground up to twenty feet.

They also nest in properly sized birdhouses well placed in their favored habitats.

Painting of a mountain chickadee hanging upside down from a coniferous tree twig.

Females lay six to ten, more or less, white, sometimes speckled eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another three weeks.

The Mountain Chickadee Birdhouse (same as for Nuthatches, Titmice, Downy Woodpecker and other Chickadees) has a 4″ by 4″ floor, 9″ inside ceiling, 1 1/4″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes.

Secure a hinged roof with brass shutter hooks for easy access.

Mount this nest box on a tree trunk or hang from a limb from chest level to just out of reach, higher may be necessary.

Place a few wood chips, not sawdust, on the nest box floor.

Remove the nest and clean the box well after the brood rearing season is over.

Nuthatches, titmice, downy woodpeckers and other chickadees may use this box.

Visit the Mountain Chickadee Birdhouse Page

Mountain Chickadee Birdhouse

View and print birdhouse plans for chickadees, nuthatches, titmice and downy woodpeckers.

Mountain Chickadee Birdhouse Plans

Photo of winter warmer made of red cedar.

Winter Bird Warmer

View and print the winter bird warmer plans.

Winter Warmer Plans

If you mount a Winter Warmer and occasionally lift the lid in cold weather, you may see several cuddling chickadees, possibly with titmice and nuthatches, maybe even a downy.

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Mountain Chickadee

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A mountain chickadee perched nest to a pine cone in a pine tree against a foggy background

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Poecile
Species: gambeli

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
La. parum too little
La. parus titmouse, tomtit

La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. poecile painted
La. gambeli for William Gambel

About four inches or a little longer, black crown and throat, white supercilium (line from the base of the upper mandible over the eye to the back of the head).

White on sides of the head to the back of the neck. Gray back, wings and tail. Light grayish white underside.

Range map shows mountain chickadees range from New Mexico, Arizona, California and Baja to Montana, Idaho, Washington, and British Columbia.

Mountain chickadees inhabit coniferous and mixed forests year around in the mountainous regions of western U.S. from New Mexico, Arizona, California and Baja to Montana, Idaho, Washington, and British Columbia.

Painting of a mountain chickadee hanging upside down from a coniferous tree twig.

They forage in trees and thickets for insects, their eggs and larvae, spiders, cone seeds and fruit.

Mountain chickadees visit feeders. Feed Chickadees sunflower seeds, nyjer (thistle seeds), nuts and suet.

Plant Sumac and Bayberry to attract Chickadees.

They hiss like snakes and feign hostile motions if intruders threaten their nests.

Mountain chickadees build nests of grass, plant down and wool or hair in natural or abandon cavities, or excavate their own cavities in trees and stumps from near the ground up to twenty feet.

They also nest in properly sized birdhouses well placed in their favored habitats.

Females lay six to ten, more or less, white, sometimes speckled eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about another three weeks.

Visit the Mountain Chickadee Birdhouse Page.

Mountain Chickadee Birdhouse

The Mountain Chickadee Birdhouse (same as for Nuthatches, Titmice, Downy Woodpecker and other Chickadees) has a 4″ by 4″ floor, 9″ inside ceiling, 1 1/4″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes.

Secure a hinged roof with brass shutter hooks for easy access.

View and print birdhouse plans for chickadees, nuthatches, titmice and downy woodpeckers.

Mountain Chickadee Nest Box Plans

Mount this nest box on a tree trunk or hang from a limb from chest level to just out of reach, higher may be necessary.

Place a few wood chips, not sawdust, on the nest box floor.

Remove the nest and clean the box well after the brood rearing season is over.

Nuthatches, titmice, downy woodpeckers and other chickadees may use this box.

Visit the Winter Bird Warmer Page.

Winter Bird Warmer

View or Print the Winter Bird Warmer Plans.

Winter Warmer Plans

If you mount a Winter Warmer and occasionally lift the lid in cold weather, you may see several cuddling chickadees, possibly with titmice and nuthatches, maybe even a downy.

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