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That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

70birds

That Nest in Birdhouses

Put the right nest boxes in the right place.

Keep nest boxes clean.

Protect birds from pests and predators.

 

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Oak Titmouse

(Plain Titmouse)

Baeolophus inornatus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Baeolophus
Species: inornatus

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
iLa. parum too little
La. parus titmouse, tomtit
La. -idae appearance, resemblance

Gr. baios short, small
Gr. lophos crest
La. in negation
iLa. orno ornament
La. ornatus adorned

Painting of an oak titmouse perched on a tree branch

Oak titmice are about five inches or a little longer. Gray forehead extending up to a conspicuous crest. Dark gray back, wings and tail. Dull white under parts.

USGS range map shows oak titmice inhabit California, southern Oregon and western Nevada.

Oak titmice are year around residents of mixed forests and wooded towns in California, southern Oregon, and western Nevada

They forage among trees and thickets for beetles, flies, wasps and various other insects, spiders, caterpillars, seeds, nuts and a variety of wild fruit. 

Sometimes they catch insects on the fly.

Feed titmice sunflower, nyjer (thistle) and other small seeds, unsalted nuts and sunflower seeds, berries and suet.

Attract oak titmice. Plant sumac, bayberry for their wild fruit and other shrubs and small trees to provide cover for them and the insects they eat. Leave an area for a pile of fallen, uncut shrubs for them to forage.

Early ornithologists who removed parents from nests for research discovered their fierce resistance when being invaded. They would even return to the nest while the researchers were inspecting their nests.

Oak titmice build nests of fine grasses, feathers, hair, fur and moss.

A woodcut print of an oak titmouse pair, one returning to a tree cavity with nest building foliage and its mate leaving the cavity.

They nest in natural or abandoned cavities usually in oak trees from near to the ground up to thirty feet high very often near streams. They also nest in out-building nooks and crannies and in well placed bird houses of the right dimensions.

Females lay about five to eight white sometimes speckled eggs. Young hatch after about two weeks of incubation and leave the nest in about another three weeks.

The Oak Titmouse Birdhouse is the same as for white and red-breasted nuthatches, tufted titmice and chickadees.

Make a 4″ by 4″ floor and a 9″ inside floor to ceiling height. Drill a 1 1/4″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor.

Cut or drill ventilation openings in the floor and under the roof. Secure a hinged roof secured with shutter hooks..

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

Install nest boxes for oak titmice in forests or groves on a tree trunk from chest level to just out of reach, higher if necessary.

Place a few chips on the nest box floor.

Chickadees and nuthatches may use this nest box.

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

 

Cedar birdhouse with hinges for titmice and chickadees

Oak Titmouse Birdhouse

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

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Oak Titmouse

(Plain Titmouse)

Baeolophus inornatus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Baeolophus
Species: inornatus

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
iLa. parum too little
La. parus titmouse, tomtit
La. -idae appearance, resemblance

Gr. baios short, small
Gr. lophos crest
La. in negation
iLa. orno ornament
La. ornatus adorned

Painting of an oak titmouse perched on a tree branch

Oak titmice are about five inches or a little longer. Gray forehead extending up to a conspicuous crest. Dark gray back, wings and tail. Dull white under parts.

USGS range map shows oak titmice inhabit California, southern Oregon and western Nevada.

Oak titmice are year around residents of mixed forests and wooded towns in California, southern Oregon, and western Nevada

They forage among trees and thickets for beetles, flies, wasps and various other insects, spiders, caterpillars, seeds, nuts and a variety of wild fruit.

Sometimes they catch insects on the fly.

Feed titmice sunflower, nyjer (thistle) and other small seeds, unsalted nuts and sunflower seeds, berries and suet.

Attract oak titmice. Plant sumac, bayberry for their wild fruit and other shrubs and small trees to provide cover for them and the insects they eat. Leave an area for a pile of fallen, uncut shrubs for them to forage.

Early ornithologists who removed parents from nests for research discovered their fierce resistance when being invaded. They would even return to the nest while the researchers were inspecting their nests.

Oak titmice build nests of fine grasses, feathers, hair, fur and moss.

A woodcut print of an oak titmouse pair, one returning to a tree cavity with nest building foliage and its mate leaving the cavity.

They nest in natural or abandoned cavities usually in oak trees from near to the ground up to thirty feet high very often near streams. They also nest in out-building nooks and crannies and in well placed bird houses of the right dimensions.

Females lay about five to eight white sometimes speckled eggs. Young hatch after about two weeks of incubation and leave the nest in about another three weeks.

The Oak Titmouse Birdhouse is the same as for white and red-breasted nuthatches, tufted titmice and chickadees.

Make a 4″ by 4″ floor and a 9″ inside floor to ceiling height. Drill a 1 1/4″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor.

Cut or drill ventilation openings in the floor and under the roof. Secure a hinged roof secured with shutter hooks..

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

Install nest boxes for oak titmice along forest edges or groves on a tree trunk from chest level to just out of reach, higher if necessary.

Place a few chips on the nest box floor.

Chickadees and nuthatches may use this nest box.

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

Cedar birdhouse with hinges

Oak Titmouse Birdhouse

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

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Painting of an oak titmouse perched on a tree branch

(Plain Titmouse)

Baeolophus inornatus

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Paridae
Genus: Baeolophus
Species: inornatus

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

Gr. baios short, small
Gr. lophos crest
La. in negation
iLa. orno ornament
La. ornatus adorned

Oak titmice are about five inches or a little longer. Gray forehead extending up to a conspicuous crest. Dark gray back, wings and tail. Dull white under parts.

USGS range map shows oak titmice inhabit California, southern Oregon and western Nevada.

Oak titmice are year around residents of mixed forests and wooded towns in California, southern Oregon, and western Nevada

They forage among trees and thickets for beetles, flies, wasps and various other insects, spiders, caterpillars, seeds, nuts and a variety of wild fruit.

A woodcut print of an oak titmouse pair, one returning to a tree cavity with nest building foliage and its mate leaving the cavity.

Sometimes they catch insects on the fly.

Feed titmice sunflower, nyjer (thistle) and other small seeds, unsalted nuts and safflower, berries and suet.

Attract oak titmice. Plant sumac, bayberry for their wild fruit and other shrubs and small trees to provide cover for them and the insects they eat. Leave an area for a pile of fallen, uncut shrubs for them to forage.

Early ornithologists who removed parents from nests for research discovered their fierce resistance when being invaded. They would even return to the nest while the researchers were inspecting their nests.

Oak titmice build nests of fine grasses, feathers, hair, fur and moss.

They nest in natural or abandoned cavities usually in oak trees from near to the ground up to thirty feet high very often near streams. They also nest in out-building nooks and crannies and in well placed bird houses of the right dimensions.

Females lay about five to eight white sometimes speckled eggs. Young hatch after about two weeks of incubation and leave the nest in about another three weeks.

Birdhouse made with rough cut cedar, corrosion resistant screws and brass hinges and shutter hooks.

Oak Titmouse Birdhouse

The Oak Titmouse Birdhouse is the same as for white and red-breasted nuthatches, tufted titmice and chickadees.

Make a 4″ by 4″ floor and a 9″ inside floor to ceiling height. Drill a 1 1/4″ diameter entrance hole located 7″ above the floor.

Cut or drill ventilation openings in the floor and under the roof. Secure a hinged roof secured with shutter hooks..

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

Oak Titmouse Birdhouse Plans

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

Install nest boxes for oak titmice ialong forest edges or groves on a tree trunk from chest level to just out of reach, higher if necessary.

Place a few chips on the nest box floor.

Chickadees and nuthatches may use this nest box.

Put a few chips, not sawdust, on the nest box floor. Remove the nest after the brood rearing seasons are over.

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