Ontario Eastern Bluebird Society

Hall of Shame

The following pictures represent a sampling of nest boxes that are unsuitable for bluebird habitation.
Before reading the descriptions of each box below each picture, see if you spot box problems.

  • fence post mount has no predator protection
  • cylinder guard makes it difficult for the bluebirds to enter and therefore expend much energy getting in and out
  • hole could be higher and roof could be extended
  • put on a T-bar or free standing pole
  • fence post mount allows easy access for raccoons, squirrels, deer mice etc.
  • overhang should be extended
  • roof needs extension
  • hole should be higher
  • fence post offers no predator protection
  • ventilation hole at top allows rain and cold to access box
  • nest boxes should have no ventilation holes
  • side hole entrance allows water and cold to enter
  • no predator protection
  • predators allowed easy access along rail fencing
  • no protection on fence post, explaining the nesting by the deer mouse
  • hole should be higher and roof extended
  • box is OK, except that roof should be sloped and extend all the way back
  • no predator protection
  • no access to allow monitoring and yearly cleaning
  • needs to be on a t-bar or a free standing pole
  • hole has been chewed to allow unwanted tenants
  • wooden block over hole is not necessary
  • use proper predator protection
  • hole needs to be higher
  • bent shingle roof offers little protection from rain and wind
  • bad location on a tree with tangled vines
  • flat roof, poorly made nest box
  • only suitable for house wrens
    • hole faces highway
    • all of these boxes are located on fence posts
    • boxes should be located on free standing poles with some form of predator protection. Otherwise a raccoon would visit every nest box and remove the contents.
    • none of these boxes can be easily opened for monitoring or yearly cleaning
    • putting a box on a tree allows easy access to predators
    • box has a deer Mouse nest
    • probably has never been monitored
    • Fence post mount allows easy access to climbing predators
    • Hole size is 2 in not 1.5
    • Box too small, poorly designed.
    • No way to clean out or check.
    • A well meaning group put these up on private property without permission, all were removed and destroyed.
    None of the boxes above look like they have ever been monitored. The OEBS will not endorse any nest box that does not have proper predator protection.

     

     

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