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Picture of the Week – TUTI nesting in flying squirrel box

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TUTI nest in Flying Squirrel box.  Photo by Keith Kridler.

TUTI nest in Flying Squirrel box.  Photo by Keith Kridler. TUTI nest in Flying Squirrel box.  Photo by Keith Kridler.
Photos by Keith Kridler of TX, taken 04/11/2010
 

The Tufted Titmice have built nests in a Flying Squirrel nestbox, in both the upper and lower compartment at the same time. They ended up laying eggs in the bottom compartment that has the entrance facing the woods instead of the highway. There is an entrance hole in the lower compartment and then another escape hole or entrance hole in the upper compartment. The squirrels have to go through the two upper floors where the notches are cut out if a rat snake comes for dinner.

Tufted titmice seem to like boxes with large interiors, near the tree line, and boxes hanging on trees. More about Titmice nesting habits.

When I get Tufted Titmice nesting in a Zuern (tree branch) box, they tend to fill up the whole box, both in front of and behind the baffle, and lay their eggs in the back. See photo.

 

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Pictures of bluebirds and other cavity nesters

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