SPRING 2007/VOLUME 21, NUMBER 2
The Birdhouse Network's Most Wanted
|Breeding Bird Survey Trends, 1996-2005|
|Sauer, J. R., J. E. Hines, and J. Fallon. 2005. The North American Breeding Bird Survey, Results and Analysis 1966?2005. Version 6.2.2006. USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MDv|
Causes of decline: Forest fragmentation and the removal of old trees with natural cavities may reduce available nest sites and nuthatch densities.
Nest-box tips: Although White-breasted Nuthatches don't typically nest in boxes, they can be attracted to use them in areas where natural cavities are scarce. The nest box should be at least 8 feet off the ground and the hole should face away from prevailing wind; 1" wood shavings can be placed in the box to promote excavation.
Number of records for this species in TBN's database: 107
How can you help? Although White-breasted Nuthatches are fairly common and widespread, surprisingly little is known of their breeding biology, in part because their nests are often difficult to monitor. For example, there is very little data on egg laying, incubation behavior, and condition of hatchlings and young birds. Contribute to the study of the White-breasted Nuthatch by participating in The Birdhouse Network (see www.birds.cornell.edu/birdhouse/instructions/ for instructions).
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