Why do starlings "ignore" SOME birdhouses?
Perhaps the starling houses are quite a lot now, and the starlings are much smaller than the houses for them. After all, birdhouses are done in schools and dachas. Therefore, birds have a large selection of real estate, let's say, where you can live. But I do not think that they choose a suitable house for a long time - they saw the first one on the way - they settled. So an uninhabited birdhouse - it means bad, it is likely that in a year someone will live there.
Starlings - birds are very fond of nesting. It is important for them that the birdhouse is inconspicuous, not too bright, does not stand out, but hides their presence. Therefore, if your birdhouse is very beautiful, all shines in the sun, then they can not populate it, and settle in some simple dspashnom.
And the starlings do not like quot; foreign smell ". If there is any presence in the birdhouse from other birds that have nested in the past year, they most likely will not be populated. Such a birdhouse should be cleaned, washed and scalded with boiling water to maximally remove quot; unnecessary informationquot ;. At the same time, starlings, by and large, still care which way the birdhouse is turned, but it's better to let it look to the east.
We have about the same. Two birdhouses were made, and then starlings have a habit in our country to bring out chicks under the roof. And then these chicks fall out, cats for joy. But in one birdhouse the family settled, and in the second - no. And under the roof, sun continues every year. And what is the reason for the settlement of one birdhouse, and not two, we did not understand. Absolutely the same birdhouses, and the trees are approximately the same in height (we hung them on walnuts). Apparently, they, the starlings have some signs for this matter, just as we humans have their own signs associated with house-warming.
Ignoring the birdhouse starlings, which used to be populated, may be due to the fact that the "bird house"; shaken, bent down. Such a birdhouse starlings considered unsuitable for life. All those birdhouses that are not inhabited, it is necessary to check for the strength of the anchorage, for the presence of extraneous objects and living creatures in them.
In order for birdhouses to be inhabited, it is necessary to hang them up correctly. What nuances need to be considered when fixing can be viewed on the link.
About the fact that the starlings do not settle after other birds, this is not so. At me in a garden-garden 6 of starling-houses and is not present, is not present yes there are empty. Sparrows and titmice also watch them, but the starlings fly out first. I never install a tree. To nail or tie to the trunk, damage to the tree. And for cats and other animals, the opportunity to get. That's not populated, security is paramount. At me on long poles, directly put into pipes / fence posts. Well, the banal impurities do not allow them to settle. Yes, the slope, the angle, the side, does not play a role as I noticed. They are standing around the garden and everyone is looking into the vnut, everything turns out in different directions and nothing lives. In general, clean and make more unreachable for predators.
From personal experience: He hung a few stork-bells, the first starlings "settled"; literally the next day, the second in a week, and the rest were empty. The following year, the first two, and then the third, were populated, and 2 also disappeared, never having accepted the starlings. The starlings choose a more suitable place for them, perhaps the birdhouse should be hung with a hole in a certain direction, perhaps on a thicker tree, since the starlings settled only on dense trees.
And we have a third year of birdhouses are not occupied. So offensively ...
In general, never birds were not populated there. Three years ago we made them and had fun. Already a couple of mistakes found after reading the advice, thank you very much! Only here is how to fix the error, tell me please.
Firstly, ours, just "shine", they made us with a metal shiny roof. We thought that would not have flowed) Maybe now, at least paint it out, that would not shine in the sun? Under the color of wood or foliage, for example? But the smell of paint will not deter you? Secondly, the inclination for a little bit is. With this, it's even worse, the trees are crooked, they do not get a friend. At us the site while is almost empty, only two trees high and both with very crooked trunks. Yes, and trees (rowan), not too fluffy. What do we now do not see the 10-20 starlings for years, while other people grow up? (
Starlings arrive at the end of March.
Immediately proceed to settle their favorite places.
These birds nest as separate pairs, as well as large colonies.
In the presence of starling houses, they can be populated, but this does not always happen.
Much depends on the correct hanging of the birdhouse.
It must be remembered that great importance for starlings, like other birds, has the inclination of nesting backwards or forwards.
If the front wall of the birdhouse is tilted back, the house is usually not populated by starlings, because it is difficult for them to get out of it.
Correct the position of the birdhouse and the birds will gladden you with their whistles for a long time.
Still it is possible to remove a birdhouse in the beginning of spring, to clean, throwing out an old nest from it, and again to hang up. I think this will also give its result.
If, after the starlings in the birdhouse, other birds live, starlings will not be populated in such a birdhouse. And that, after all, the starlings settled in these birdhouses, they need to be properly processed, so that there is not even a smell from the "alien"; birds. And that it was convenient to clean the birdhouse - even when building it, you need to make a clever roof.
Решил сделать ревизию трех незаселенных скворечников, чтобы понять, почему скворцы в них не поселились.
In one he found the body of a dead woodpecker - it is clear that the poor man was frozen in the winter, he climbed up and warmed himself up and went to sleep.
In the other there were cracks in the back wall - they could not be seen from the ground. Probably, the birds did not want to live in a leaky apartment. I made repairs.
In the third, I did not see any apparent cause.