Nesting boxes

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  1. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Refuge Member

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    Hadn’t planned on making any additions to the woodduck box array this spring, but a good friend gave me a pair of woodduck boxes. (Thanks MJ) so they will likely find new homes here at the lake. #8 and #9 respectively. Most likely over the water sets, but the neighbor has asked about putting one in their yard, so we will see.

    The other 4 are making the long trip to my parents to start a new complex. The holes are cut to accommodate goldeneyes. It’s a large marsh area we have been talking about starting a nest box project for years but never had the motivation. There were goldeneyes nesting in the area last year, so it’s worth a shot. If nothing else the hooded mergansers will put them to use.

    Anyone else making additions this spring?
     
  2. Clayton

    Clayton Moderator Moderator

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    Curious as to where you are located such that you have nesting goldeneye.
     
  3. Neighbor Guy

    Neighbor Guy Refuge Member

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    Those boxes will be in Extreme Northern MN. At the intersection of MN, Ontario, and Manitoba
     
  4. bullpinnie

    bullpinnie Elite Refuge Member

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    I used to manage 12-15 boxes for a long time, and they were great for several years,........... but in my area, I think cavity nesters have higher success with finding natural cavities to nest in. A few years into it, and just about every type of predator (mammals, birds, and reptiles)recognizes that boxes indicate there will be free groceries inside.
     

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