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Things to consider when choosing where to position your comme ci comme ca bird box include:

  • Bird houses for tits, sparrows or starlings should be fixed two to four metres up a tree or a wall.
  • Unless there are trees or buildings which shade the box during the day, face the box between north and east, thus avoiding strong sunlight and the wettest winds.
  • Tilt the box forward slightly so that any driving rain will hit the roof and bounce clear. 
  • House sparrows and starlings will readily use nestboxes placed high up under the eaves. Since these birds nest in loose colonies, two or three can be sited spaced out on the same side of the house. Keep these away from areas where house martins normally nest. 
  • Two boxes close together may be occupied by the same species if they are at the edge of adjoining territories and there is plenty of natural food. While this readily happens in the countryside, it is rare in gardens, where you normally can only expect one nesting pair of any one species. The exceptions to this are house and tree sparrows and house martins, which are colonial nesters. By putting up different boxes, several species can be attracted.

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June 20, 2019 — Stuart Cooper