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Old 21st September 2010, 12:05 PM   #1
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Hi, I have a regular squirrel visitor ( who I actually like, and don't mind feeding!)
but I have just put up a nest box high in the tree , and am worried that in spring the squirrel may raid the box and eat the eggs ?
I've heard some people put a little metal piece around the entrance hole, so the squirrel can't chew it to make it bigger, so therefore he can't get in.
but just put it up with much difficulty (ladders, and such) so don't know what to do? wait till spring to put the metal piece on?

Anyone know if this will work?
oh and just wondering... what type of birds like to nest in the 'standard' bird box?
this is the one I have http://shopping.rspb.org.uk/p/Nestbo...est_box_32.htm

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Old 23rd September 2010, 08:51 PM   #2
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Apparently the 32mm hole is suitable for house and tree sparrows, great tits, nuthatches, and pied flycatchers. If you have a CJ's catalogue, it will give you lots of this type of information, including at what height and where best to site your boxes, etc, or you could try the RSPB website/catalogue. These are the two main sources I use, though there are many others. House sparrows, being very gregarious, social birds, do well in a house sparrow terrace (three nestboxes in one).
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thank you for your help jandy. I saw 5 blue tits enter the bird box today :O as it was very very windy and drizzly. can't believe it! do they usually roost together? I've heard of 60 wrens in one bird box. but thought tits were quite solitary?
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Old 28th September 2010, 08:26 PM   #4
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I think that when the weather turns cold any sort of small bird will want to snuggle up together in a bird box or similar to keep warm, specially overnight. In addition to the nesting box, we have a few roosting pockets in various parts of the garden tucked away in bushes and trees. These are quite inexpensive and serve the same purpose.
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roosting pockets sounds like a great idea.
I didn't have to worry with expense with this nest box as the RSPB gave it free to members.
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