Hey, remember that large house the kits had in the K-day picture? I got to thinking that sure would be nice. Hickory took me back to see that nest box.
The hole was on the front, right? Wood ducks would like that, but squirrels actually prefer to have the hole on the side.I would have loved to move into this one, but sadly it’s resident was home and chased me off.
Hickory chattered at him and we bounded away. I guess Hickory isn’t as lazy as I though he was. Hmm, perhaps I will let him start that column he want to do on the squirrel nutwork. But after the A to Z Blog Challenge is over. I definitely don’t want to risk my run of blogs.
It’s hard to find homes. People don’t seem to like to leave dead trees standing around in their yards, so it helps when they replace those homes for cavity-dwelling wildlife with nest boxes. Then many mammals and birds can live in the suburbs as I do.
Hickory and I toured the neighborhood nest boxes. People had put up all shapes and sizes for all types of wildlife.
Purple Martins like to live together, so this house is like an apartment complex.
Smaller birds like wrens, like small bird boxes.
A chickadee would also nest here, but the one in our yard chose to fill up this box instead.
A White-breasted Nuthatch is checking out this designer model.
There were a few bluebird boxes around, but no bluebirds. Since we live near the golf course, maybe they prefer the plentiful open grass there. I had to ask Hickory what these fences, blocks of wood and circles of metal are for around the holes.
He—and I quote—said, “Duh, Nutmeg. That’s so raccoons and squirrels can’t get to the eggs and baby birds.”
Oh, yeah. I do like a fresh egg now and then.
“Or enlarge the hole enough to move in,” Hickory said.
What? Those boxes are too small, I told him.
He rolled his eyes. “You’re old enough not to waste your time, but lots of wet-behind-the-ears kits aren’t. And then there are Flying Squirrels. They can, and do, nest in bluebird boxes.”
Hmm, now I’m keeping an eye out. I hope to meet one of them someday.