Like all cavity nesting birds, rarely are their enough places for tufted titmice to nest in most neighborhoods. With that in mind, if your property is predominantly wooded, why not erect a nest box for one of our favorite backyard feeder birds?
If you think you would like to take on this project, here are a few tips that will help enhances the chances your efforts will be successful.
I would recommend that you start putting up a single box. If a pair of titmice uses it, consider erecting another birdhouse. However, since tufted titmice are territorial, it is best to space your boxes at least 580 feet apart.
The diameter of the box’s entrance hole should be at least 1 3’8″. As you might expect, the birds will nest in cavities with larger entrance holes such as the 1 1/2-inch hole recommended for bluebird boxes. Whatever size you use, protect the entrance hole with a metal hole guard. This simple device prevents other birds and mammals from increasing the size of the entrance hole. If you don’t, more often than not, their handiwork will end up destroying the box.
Titmice will nest in cavities as high as 87 feet above the ground. However, I recommend that your box be placed about 5 feet high. This allows you to safely check, clean, and maintain it.
I hope you decide to erect a tufted titmouse nesting box this year, if you do, you will help alleviate a shortage in tufted titmice nesting sites. In addition, you will benefit by being able see tufted titmice as well as hear their pleasant peter, peter, peter call more often from spring through winter.
I love the titmice (?) that visit our feeders all year. We are near Lake Murray in S.C. Thanks for this impetus to get us to install boxes for them! I really enjoy all your newsletters.