Tree Swallows are the perfect songbird to bring to your property via a bird box. They are beautiful in color and in flight and are very tolerant of humans. Aside from pest-management, they provide a great look into the lifecycle of birds.
Tree Swallows enjoy open ranges near marsh and other wetland. Because the bird is such a social creature, you can cluster several boxes. Make sure that each box is roughly 100' apart from each other.
- The floor-space should be 5" x 5"
- The depth should be 6"
- The entrance should be 1 1/2"
- The entrance should stand 1" - 5" from the floor
- It should stand 10" - 15" from the ground
- For complete plans, visit 50birds.com for drawings
What to do when the box becomes occupied
Male Tree Swallows will arrive at the box to claim it as a nest cavity and compete against other males. They will guard their find using a nest advertising call. It is monotone chatter accompanied by wing flapping. It deters other males and attracts females as a female Tree Swallow will only choose a mate who has prime real estate. Nesting occurs from March - June. Swallows will provide their own grass and matted feathers to make their nests. Their clutches contain 2 - 8 eggs and are incubated for 14 - 16 days after the last egg's arrival. Avoid causing disturbances around the box during incubation. Tree Swallows are very territorial and will fiercly guard their young. They will perch at the cavity entrance and snap their bill and wings at anything seen as a threat. It takes 14 - 16 days for the young to fledge and after that the birds will stay in the nest for several more days until the babies can provide their own food.
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