[CT Birds] Question about bird houses over the winter
katkuckens at gmail.com
Sun Sep 13 13:35:22 EDT 2015
Every year in the late fall I take down all my bird houses, empty and scrub
them, and store them in the basement. Thought this is what you're supposed
Last year, in early December, a male Carolina Wren appeared, and stayed,
calling a lot. A few days later his calling paid off, and a female joined
him. I enjoyed their antics tremendously and kept them supplied with
sunflower seed and various suets. They seemed fine for several months.
But then, after one of the fierce February storms, I found the male dead on
top of the snow. I was heartbroken. Subsequently I heard from birders that
the Carolinas need shelter to survive New England winters. Even such
things as a cloth closepin bag could keep them alive.
So -- what is the expert advice? Don't take down the birdhouses? Hang up
something else just for the winter? What, and where?
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