[CT Birds] Question about bird houses over the winter

Kathy Van Der Aue kathyvda at gmail.com
Sun Sep 13 15:02:31 EDT 2015


I leave mine up over the winter.  Birds do roost in them.  I have a nest
box in the vegetable garden and a Downy has used it all winter for several
years.



Kathy Van Der Aue
Southport, Connecticut
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On Sun, Sep 13, 2015 at 1:35 PM, Katherine Kuckens via CTBirds <
ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:

> 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
> to do.
>
> 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?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Katherine Kuckens
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